BAHAMAS MASTERS OF UNDERWATER CAMOUFLAGE
PEACOCK FLOUNDER or PLATE FISH Bothus lunatus Photos: Melinda at Grand Bahama Scuba
This is my last post until next week, when apparently we can expect a snowy welcome. Hmmmm. Plenty of new material for kind followers – both of you..
Shuffling is preferable mainly due to skates and rays in sandy areas. Scorpion Fish are however, problematic for waders around reefy areas, and for snorkelers/divers. I have seen shallow sand/reef areas hosting numbers of usually smaller SF where I simply chose to move on. also, even dive boots can be penetrated by the dorsal(top) fins, or even the other body fins, which have a venom channel for efficient delivery of this fluid. Unlike the Pacific Stonefish, which is a close relative, the Atlantic SF venom isn’t deadly, just severely painful. The pain can be reduced by the application of the hottest water one can stand. I’ve been told they taste much like crawfish.
Hi Rick, that’s almost enough to keep me on the shoreline… I reckon the SF prefer reef and rock areas, so it’s safe to go out in a sandy bay. But there are other things to tread on there, of course… RH
Very colorful and quite pretty actually. But I hope these critters stay far enough out that one cannot simply step on them at the beach!?
Always best to walk on tiptoe on the beach, Jody, surely – or kind of slide / shuffle along to give things like these advance warning of approach and time to clear off…