Anilao, Luzon Island, Philippines
I suspect this pair of Long-Horned Cowfish are mates, since I have seen them together on numerous occasions in the same dive spot. Each one is about five inches in length. I presume they are named "cowfish" after the horns, since they don't have udders and don't "moo" (though they do grunt when held). When they're blowing into the sand looking for a meal you might say they were "grazing". Normally they avoid divers, but cowfish are fairly slow swimmers, barely able to swim faster than a diver. This was taken during a night dive when they're easier to approach.
Jeffrey N. Jeffords (photographer; copyright holder; identification)
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