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Striped Sea Robin
Are those legs? They look like legs!
Sea Robins, also known as Gurnards, are over 100 species in the family Triglidae. Pretty much every part of the world has at least one kind of Sea Robin lurking on the sea floor not too far from the coast. Most of them reach about 30 or 60 cm (a foot or two) long.
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Or is it a STRIPY LEGFISH?!
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It's red! ITS LEGS ARE SORT OF RED, SORT OF WHITE!
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Just a little brown fish. WITH LEGS!
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Eastern Spiny Gurnard
Lovely! AND LEGGY!
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Australian Spiny Gurnard
Beautiful wings. COVERING ITS LEGS!
The creepiest, crawliest fish in the sea.
And it IS in the sea! Even though the water is so clear it doesn't look it.
Despite the extravagance, there are actually some parts missing from those pectoral fins. Three spines have been let loose from each one. Without being covered in the fin membrane, they can dedicate their lives to other matters, be all that they can be, realise their monstrous potential and let their inner weirdness blossom.
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Banded Sea Robin
Huge wings like a moth!
Dangerously close to a Bearded Fireworm?
Halfway through, those legs look like hands on a feathered dinosaur!
These legs are sensitive to chemicals, so the Gurnard uses them to seek out food in mud or among rocks. Sea Robins are voracious predators, so food is any small fish, worm, crustacean, mollusc and whatever else that fits in their mouth.
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