Since my friends and I travel the reef in schools, it makes it easier to find us. A school is when many, even hundreds, of fish swim together. We swim in these large groups to help protect us from our many predators. Sometimes predators become confused and think we are one big fish! Schooling gives us a better chance to survive, because a predator will only take one or two fish. My chance to survive is much better in a large group than by myself!
To find me on a reef, just look for the beautiful red fish hanging out on the slopes of the coral mounds! Not only am I lovely, I am also very important in the food web because many other fish and dolphins eat me. They depend on me to survive! Although knowing that you are dinner for many other species can be a bit nerve-wracking, it's also good to know that I am so important to life on the reef.
I only eat zooplankton. Zooplankton are tiny animals that live in the sea. Because I only eat other animals, I am a carnivore. In addition to being quite tasty, "zoo-plank-ton" is also a super-fun word to say.
Many people catch us to eat, or to use as bait when fishing. But humans must be careful that they don't take too many of my species out of the reef!
Reefs are in danger, and that means so is my home!