Yellowhead jawfish with eggs in Turks & Caicos
I just returned from another trip to Turks & Caicos, where I spent as much as much as 8 hours per day under the T&C Aggressor II searching for and then attempting to photograph male yellowhead jawfish incubating eggs in their mouths. You can start reviewing more than 100 images of the jawfish I processed here:
The clear-to-pink eggs are newly fertilized, while the silver eggs are mature and about to be released. A male will typically protect the eggs in its mouth for seven to nine days, then the fry will swim away to start their own respective life journeys. Males will not eat while they heed the call of parenthood.