|You can see the peas embedded in the block|
Our GOT coral is artificial, made of fiberglass and urethane, so the parrotfish can't perform the usual grazing. But also made mostly of calcium carbonate is—you guessed it—Plaster of Paris, so it's perfect for these bricks of peas we put in the GOT for our parrotfishes. It keeps them happy and healthy :-)
|A diver places the block on a coral ledge, giving visitors a great view|
|The block tends to draw a crowd|
|But it's the parrotfish that really benefit from this particular feeding|
|The action of scraping their teeth on the plaster can file down their teeth, keeping them healthy and trim|
|And they get a tasty treat—always eat your vegetables!|
The parrotfish, and other fishes, dine on these crafty blocks of Plaster of Paris every week or so. So now if you see a curious white brick nestled amid the colorful corals, you'll know about the specialized feeding that's taking place inside the Giant Ocean Tank.
Learn more about parrotfishes from our researchers and global explorers.
Oh, and we'll be posting a video of this feeding event soon. Stay tuned!