This bottom dwelling fish is superbly camouflaged, relying on stealth rather than speed to catch its food. Almost invisible as it lies motionless on the seabed, it waits until an unsuspecting shrimp or small fish comes too close, then snaps it up with its huge maouth. Scorpion fish are so called because have poisonous spines on their back and on the gill cover, which can produce a nasty sting if not handled carefully.
Scorpion Fish (Photo: Paul Tyler)
A young scorpion fish, camouflaged to live amongst red seaweeds.
by Paul Tyler