(Picture by Brian Choo)
    The largest and most widely distributed Featherbotty, this is also one of the most spectacular. The Magnificent Bumstinger can be found on offshore reefs from East Africa and the Red Sea, east to the Phillippines and south to the northern Great Barrier Reef.

    Like other Bumstingers, the Magnificent feeds primarily on stinging coelentarates, crushing hard corals with it's formidable beak. Soft corals, jellyfish and sea anemones are also eaten. The nematocysts of it's meals are transferred to the long pale tendrils on the ends of the brightly coloured arsegills. A sting from these tendrils can be quite severe and divers should excercise caution when around these turtles.

(Text by Brian Choo)

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