The humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) is a species of wrasse mainly found on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. It is also known as the Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish, or mameng. The humphead wrasse is long-lived, but has a very slow breeding rate.
The humphead wrasse is the largest living member of the Labridae family. Males are typically larger than females ...
and are capable of reaching lengths of up to 2 meters from tip to tail and weighing up to 180 kg, but the average length is generally a little less than 1 meter. Females rarely grow larger than one meter in length.
The fish is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red list due to a number of threats, including:
Intensive and species-specific removal in the live reef food fish trade throughout its core range in South-East Asia
Destructive fishing techniques, including bombs and cyanide
Habitat loss and degradation
Local consumption and its value as a delicacy for local and tourists
A developing export market for juvenile humphead wrasse for the marine aquarium trade
Lack of coordinated, consistent national and regional management
Inadequate knowledge about the species
Illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing activities Wiki
Napoleon humphead wrasse Cheilinus undulatus News
The Napoleon wrasse is a known gentle giant creature distinguished by interesting patterns on its scales. It has hump over the head like a Napoleon's hat, which further protrudes as they age. No wonder it is one of the favorite fishes for divers to encounter across the world. Its meat is one of the most expensive luxury foods in the Southeast Asia.
The divers group Dive The World reported that the Napoleon wrasse is valued around USD 100 per kilogram in restaurants in Hong Kong. As the number of Napoleon wrasse decreases at a fast and alarming rate, its price inevitably increases. The fish ...
Every diver wants to experience sharks. Sharks are the big treat. The bigger and more dangerous the shark, the more exciting and special, but of course most divers never have the big encounter??"and if they do, they are in a cage.
There are dozens of species of harmless little sharks that are still a treat. Then there are the requiem sharks that look like your classical sharks, free swimming, lurking, on the prowl, that are not really dangerous, but are starting to move in the direction that gets your blood moving. Reef sharks are a great example of these. White tip and Black tip reef ...
For many divers out there, Tubbataha Reef is a diver's paradise found in the heart of the Sulu Sea, in Palawan, Philippines. Named as one of the world's heritage sites in 1993 by the World Conservation Union, there are plenty of good reasons why divers should experience the best diving Tubbataha Reef National Park has to offer.
GETTING TO TUBBATAHA
Whether or not you're a Filipino local or foreign traveler, the only way you can reach Tubbataha Reef is through a live-on-borad boat. Even though Tubbataha Reef has become a hot tourist spot in recent years, its isolated site allows only the mo ...
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Apo Reef is a large 34 square km (13 square mile) reef located about 28 km (17 miles) west of Mindoro island in the northern Philippines.
The reef is home to almost 450 species of coral and about 300 species of fish (including hammerhead sharks, barracuda, manta rays, angelfish, buat fish, yellow margin trigger fish, surgeon fish, and tuna) as well as turtles and other marine creatures.
With this abundance of corals and marine.species, Apo Reef is seen as "heaven on earth" for divers and snorkelers.
Apo Reef is a tropical atoll formation that is roughly triangular in shape. It stretch ...
Thinking of my activities for the next day made it hard for me to sleep on my first night in Lubang. The images of the lighthouse and the open blue water kept playing on my head when I closed my eyes. I was terribly excited!
I still managed to have an eight hour of rest though. I woke up at exactly seven in the morning, had my breakfast where I met Mrs. Divinia Bertos, the owner. Then I proceeded to the dive shop to prepare my gears and equipment all lent to me by Sir Chot ??" wet suit, boots, fins, mask, weights, dive computer, underwater camera and the backplated BCD. It would be my first ...