I spend my days swimming over the reef and eating. My strong beak-like mouth is great for scraping algae off of rocks and dead coral. My mouth is even strong enough to munch on coral! When I was young I swam in groups with my friends, but now, as an adult I like to be alone. I love being a bullethead parrotfish; we can be born male or female, although most of us are born a girls. Crazy cool skill we have: some of us change from girl parrotfish to boy parrotfish as we grow, and become very colorful males later in life.
I am one of the most colorful fish on the reef! I am also one of the most common, swimming around and flapping my pectoral (side) fins to cruise the reef. At night, when I am sleeping, I have a special way to protect myself from predators. I will hide under a coral ledge and surround myself in a cocoon of mucous. Yep, I sleep in a sack of snot! I will sleep inside my mucous cocoon until morning. The cocoon hides my scent, so predators can't smell me in the dark. Pretty wicked smart, don't you think?
My favorite foods are turf algae and calcareous algae (like Halimeda tuna). Also, I love to munch on corals, snails, and microscopic animals in the water called zooplankton. Because I eat both plants and animals, I'm an omnivore.
Reefs are in danger, and that means so is my home!