One of the freaky things about the under water world is discovering creatures that are “hairy.” It never occurred to me that a fish could have hair, or a lobster or crab for that matter. The interesting thing about hairy critters is that they blend in so well with their environment which is often made up of hair-like substances. One of my favorites is the hairy frogfish.
The Striated Frogfish (Hairy Variation) has all these filiments growing from it. They live in or near filamentous algae and at about one or two inches long, are very hard to see. They have a fuzzy lure atop the head which they use to attract fish. The frogfish has a very quick strike and can eat another fish it’s own size.
Another hairy fish is the Yellow coral goby, or bearded goby. It lives inside hard coral where it hides from predators. This fish definitely has a cute factor with it’s chin stubble and big blue eyes. What a heart breaker.
The Shortpouch Pygmy Pipehorse is an interesting critter that is covered with various sized skin flaps. It can be found living in sea grass and is only a few centimeters long.
This fun critter is a Hairy Squat Lobster. It lives on giant Barrel Sponges and blends into it’s pinkish environment. It’s carapace is covered with numerous long white bristles.
The Algae shrimp (nicknamed hairy shrimp) are some of the most obscure tiny critters to be found. They are only about 1/4 inch at best. If you look closely, you can see that both specimen have a belly full of eggs.
One day I hope to have an image of a hairy octopus (Yes! Octopus!) And the Lacey Scorpionfish has a coif that rivals the most cryptic of marine animals. The amazing world of hairy creatures continues to inspire me, and lures me back to the water again and again in search of it’s crazy inhabitants.
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