There are a number of isolated sea-mount type reefs rising from very deep water around Walindi. It is believed that these reefs have formed where corals have established on submerged volcanic peaks. As sea levels have risen the corals have grown vertically and sheer sided pinnacles are the result.
Inglis Shoal rises from very deep water to within 11 metres of the surface and is very rich in fish life. Pelagic fish species are common and include Dogtooth Tuna, Barracuda and Bigeye Trevally. Scalloped Hammerheads and Grey Reef Sharks are sometimes seen at Inglis Shoal.
Along the reef face, schools of surgeonfish and fusiliers are common. Around the top of the reef there are hundreds of species of fish. Amongst the most noticeable are the Clown Triggerfish with it's dramatic colours and the Azure (or Redtooth) Triggerfish which swims off the reef edge with alternating undulations of it's dorsal and anal fins. Near the reef top it is possible to find a school of Pinjalo lewisi. This fish belongs to the snapper family and are a deep red colour, usually forming a dense school at the edge of the reef.
As well as the larger fish, Inglis Shoal is home to many smaller species. You can find various Fairy Basslet and wrasse feeding in the current and a variety of anemonefishes live in the many anemones on the reef top.
What you might see ...
Just a few of the many features highlights of Inglis Shoal
- Dogtooth Tuna
- Schooling Barracuda
- Bigeye Trevally
- Azure (or Redtooth) Triggerfish
- Clown Triggerfish
- Pinjalo lewisi
- Fairy Basslet
- Scalloped Hammerheads
- Grey Reef Sharks