Another great attraction on our house reef is the Mandarin dive. Just 40m away from the front of the dive center and only 4 m deep, live the Mandarin fish. A very small, colorful and bizarre looking dragonet, the Mandarin is famous for the elaborate show it puts on in the evenings. Every day except during full moon these tiny little fish, which are usually very shy, come out of hiding to mate. They chase each other around as if they were dancing among the corals, eventually attaching to one another and rising up off the reef, before releasing a cloud of eggs and sperm. The goal is to see if you can get a photo at that exact moment, which is a lot harder than it sounds.
Read the blog of Nick and Caroline of Scubaverse about their Mandarin dive here.