The real-life turtle wax: Fish offer sea creatures a swim-through valet service
These bright yellow fish offer fellow sea creatures a swim-through valet service that includes the original Turtle Wax.
The turtle is left with sleek new bodywork while the yellow tangs get to feast on the algae growing on its shell.
Photographer Doug Perrine captured the 15 minute cleaning process while diving in seas off Puako, Hawaii, United States.
Mutual benefit: The bright yellow fish feed on algae on the turtle, which in turn gets a good clean
The 59-year-old said: “Both parties benefit from this relationship.
“In this case the tangs get an easy meal of algae and the turtle gets a clean, streamlined shell.
“Removing the algae from its shell reduces the drag.
“A clean usually takes five to 15 minutes and happens most days.
“Some marine organisms spend a significant portion of their day getting cleaned, which indicates this service has a fairly high significance for their survival.”
Wait in line: Turtles queue up for the special cleaning service in the clear blue waters off the coast of Hawaii
The attentive yellow fish move in a small shoal together from one turtle to the next
The cleaning service can take up to 15 minutes, depending on how much algae there is to be eaten off the turtle”s shell and tough skin
Once cleaning is complete, the yellow shoal swims off in search of their next customer