You can't put a price on genuine joy and pleasure derived from a much-loved gift, but next time maybe you could get him a piece of astro turf with a hole in it rather than an entire golf course. You live and learn.
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Horned Blenny, Parablennius intermedius
Most of them are quite small; the Horned Blenny here comes from Australia and reaches 12 cm (4.7 in) long. Normally you wouldn't realise that, though. Normally you'd just see its head.
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Leopard Blenny, Exallias brevis
The Leopard Blenny gets its name from being spotty like a leopard, not for it's unyielding lion heart forged from iron and steel.
Tasmanian Blenny, Parablennius tasmanianus
Seaweed Blenny, Parablennius marmoreus
Or perhaps they just have a really huge sniffer on top of their head.
Blue-dashed Rockskipper, Blenniella periophthalmus
Bicolor Blenny, Ecsenius bicolor
Eventually however, they must eat. Such is the suffering inflicted upon us by the body. Our plucky Blenny must leave the sanctity of his hole in the ground and forage for food. They will typically swim from rock to rock, stopping and looking around each time. That's why a lot of them are known as Rockskippers.
Lawnmower Blenny, Salarias fasciatus
Blennies feast on all sorts of small crustaceans and molluscs that can be found near their home grounds. Some, like the Lawnmower Blenny, are also very fond of algae that they'll graze off rocks. Or glass, depending on their situation. Still others prefer to catch plankton as it drifts by.
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Blue-lined Sabretooth Blenny, Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos
Combtooth Blennies get their name from their single row of tiny, comb-like teeth in each jaw. Sabretooths also have a pair of long canines on the lower jaw, sometimes attached to a venom gland.
Many of these most bestial of Blennies use their fangs to rip out chunks of flesh, skin or fin from larger fish. There's even one that mimics cleaner fish, acting as if it's about to nibble on the parasites of their patron. Once their victim relaxes for a good going over, the Sabretooth tears out a mouthful of flesh to eat instead.
Star Blenny, Salarias ramosus
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