Even better than mantas!

Believe it or not, this is only the second time I’ve found a scorpionfish in Laamu Atoll- so reasons to celebrate. Image

 

In fact I’ve seen more mantas than scorpions which is a bit weird. By contrast, there is a lot of leaf-fish…. which you may have cottoned on to since I post so many photos of them. They belong to the same family of fishes and you can easily tell by their profiles.

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They fill the same roles on the tropical reef as ambush predators. They are extremely toxic animals and have venomous spines to ward off predators- including divers’ hands if we are clumsy. Stonefish are another species all together- the hunt continues for these beautifully ugly animals!

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One thought on “Even better than mantas!

  1. I’m actually wondering if this is even the same species as what we normally see in the Maldives. There were 2 together (one got spooked and fled), maybe 15cm long and quite round in the head with very prominent dorsal spines- much like a leaf-fish.

    Any scorpionophiles out there to comment?

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