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The Real James Bond and Parrotfish

Parrotfish are one of the many fish that the real James Bond collected for science (and for the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia).

Ian Fleming, who also loved the West Indies, Parrotfish, and other underwater creatures, mentions Parrotfish feeding on algae on a coral reef in his short story "The Hildebrand Rarity":

"A ten-pound green parrot-fish, nibbling algae from a lump of coral, paused only to roll its eyes as Bond passed overhead, and then went back to its meal."

These days, because of over-fishing, Parrotfish need our help.

That's one of the reasons I am donating all my appearance fees associated with "The Real James Bond" to The Nature Conservancy's Caribbean Initiative.

You can read more about TNC's initiative here.

Bond collected a Red-tailed Parrotfish (below) off Grenada in 1929. Photo by JT Williams via Wikimedia.

 

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