Discover the Humphead Wrasse of the Great Barrier Reef

There’s so much to see on a sailing holiday in the Whitsunday Islands, from beautiful Whitehaven Beach, to the incredible Butterfly Bay. But the real magic happens when you dive below the surface and explore the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s natural wonders and can even be seen from space. Home to whales, turtles, amazing corals and literally thousands of species of fish, it’s a must-see on any bucket list. One inhabitant of this magical place is the unique Humphead Wrasse.

Also known as the the Maori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse and Napoleonfish, the humphead wrasse can be found in small groups throughout the Great Barrier Reef. On your sailing holiday in the Whitsunday Islands, enjoy a scuba diving adventure to spot the humphead wrasse for yourself. These incredible fish can grow to lengths up to 2 meters and can weigh up to 180kg, but they are most commonly around 1 meter long – an impressive sight when you’re scuba diving or snorkelling in the Whitsunday Islands.

The humphead wrasse is easily recognisable not only due to its size, but also thanks to its thick lips and the huge hump that appears on the forehead of adults. The colour of these fish ranges from blues to greens. On your sailing holiday in the Whitsunday Islands, the humphead wrasse you see could be up to 45 years of age. Humphead wrasse are protogynous hermaphrodites, which means if you see one younger than 9, they are most likely a female, but may still become male!

The humphead wrasse lives off prey such as molluscs and other smaller fish. It might be a predator, but due to the degradation of corals, this already endangered species may not always be around. Make sure you talk to your Wings crew and get their help to find the best sights in the Great Barrier Reef where you can find a humphead wrasse during your sailing holiday in the Whitsunday Islands.

Book a sailing holiday in the Whitsunday Islands today and meet a humphead wrasse for yourself!