On the bottom the diver was engaged on whatever task he had before him. ... Fish, usually so elusive, are caught, surprisingly, unaware. They swim around regardless of this intruding member of the land fauna. Coral cod, parrot fish, an occasional fire fish perhaps, and a host of minute, brilliantly coloured species which live among the branches of the coral – all are there. Some, mildly curious, gaze into the window of the helmet, and a member of the expedition was one day surprised to find her entire line of vision obscured by the face of a great fish, probably a groper.

C.M. Yonge, A year on the Great Barrier Reef: the story of corals & of the greatest of their creations, London, Putnam, 1930 

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