These beautiful fish can be found in schools in shallow parts of Sharks Cove feeding on the algae on the rocks. They are primarily found in the surge zone. It is suggested that the white spots covering its body help it blend in with the bubbles of the whitewash they frequent. Its pectoral fins and caudal fin is an intense yellow.
The name “surgeonfish” comes from their hard spines at the base of their tail. They have one spine on each side of their body that lies flat in a groove until the fish is provoked. In times of danger, a surgeonfish will flip its tail and the spines pop out like small knives. They resemble a surgeons’ scalpel, thus the name surgeonfish.