The Napoleon Fish, or Napoleon Wrasse (Cheilinus Undulatus) is one of the biggest fish you can find in the Indian Ocean, reaching up to 2 metres long and can weigh up to 150kg!
I have been fortunate enough to meet them in both the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
It’s large lips and intricate markings make it a prized underwater find. Unfortunately it’s numbers remain low as it’s meat has been a popular delicacy in the Asian fish market for some time and it’s lips are used as an aphrodisiac in the Chinese medicine trade.
The adult Napoleon fish has a very define hump on it’s head whilst the juvenile is more sloped and has markings behind it’s eyes. You can see both on my photos above!