Alex Mustard - That Looks Tasty

 

A juicy polychaete worm wiggles above the seabed. Or is it? This is the lure of a hairy frogfish (Antennarius striatus), tantalisingly dangled above the seabed of a sandy slope. The frogfish (out of focus here) is wonderfully camouflaged, disguised not only by being a very un-fish like shape, but also by being covered in hair (not a typical fish trait).

Not that the prey have long to contemplate this conundrum. The frogfish has one of the fastest strikes in the ocean, snaring its prey in just 6 milliseconds. Yes, you were eaten while you were still reading “A” at the top!

 


Location: Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


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