It was a tiny and very brightly colored little fish peeking out of a crevice. And it was puzzling, since it resembled a kind of fish only found in the Pacific Ocean, not the Atlantic.
“This is one of the most beautiful fishes I’ve ever seen,” Luiz Rocha, the Academy’s curator of fishes and coleader of the Hope for Reefs initiative, said. “It was so enchanting it made us ignore everything around it.”
But another diver, who was filming the ones who were investigating the fish, had an important message for the awed scientists: There was an enormous sixgill shark swimming right above them — but they were simply too enchanted by their tiny neon pink and yellow discovery. (Thankfully, the shark was as disinterested in them as they were in him.)