I’d say he’s my favorite fish, but I say that about too many fish…

Can you see him?

Possibly a bearded scorpionfish though the distribution is wrong. Still, they’re incredibly fun to spot.

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Fish interrupted

Scorpionfish

Nothing ruins camouflage like some harsh underwater flash. From a night dive at the Wall.

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New Movie: Grumpy Old Fish, starring…

Grumpy

Scorpionfish appear to be just about the grumpiest fish in the sea. This one comes to us from Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands.

And yes, he was almost stepped on due to his wicked camouflage.

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Spot the scorpionfish, part deux

Can you see the fish tonight?

Scorpionfish, North Seymour, Galapagos Islands.

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Watch out for the invisible fish

Grumpy old man

Can you see the scorpionfish?

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This fish stings

Still working on his camo

A scorpionfish who is still building his camo in dramatic light off the coast of Isla de la Plata.

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Where be the fish?

Where is he?

Say hello to a very well camouflaged scorpionfish. These are some of my favorite sea creatures, for their incredibly evolved defense mechanisms.

They’re predatory fish who will generally lie motionless and rely on their camouflage until food wanders too close. They also have poisonous spines hidden beneath their cover. Those spines deliver one of the more toxic loads in the sea, not enough to kill a human, for example, but more than sufficient to cause serious pain.

They’re not terribly common — most places I’ve dived you’d be lucky to see one or two per tank — but they’re great fun to search for. Seeing them becomes second nature once you know what to look for and what kind of environment they like.

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