WTF? (WHAT’S THAT FISH?) 2: STRANGE BAHAMAS REEF FISH
WTF 1 concerned the REMORA, the upside-down looking fish with the trainer-sole sucker on its head with which it attaches itself to sharks and other large undersea creatures. If you’ve ever seen a picture of a shark with one or more grey passengers hitching a ride, those are these.
WTF 2 features some creatures found in the reef waters of the Bahamas that make you wonder just how and why they are as they are. They look unnecessarily complicated, and the design is somewhat outlandish. See what you think of these…
SCORPIONFISH (& header image) camouflaged against coral
*Well, it’s really airplane wreckage. Besides a few other planes and a variety of ships that can be explored underwater, there are also two locomotives in Abaco waters that “fell off” a ship while being transported. Now recreate in your mind the subsequent conversation with an insurance company…
APOLOGIES Header image repeated to sort out FB visuals problem that’s driving me nuts
Credits: Melinda Riger, Grand Bahama Scuba;Virginia Cooper; itsnature.org
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Airplanefish! You nearly had me!
Sorry about that… and it’s so nearly plausible, too (a sophisticated Darwinian variant of a flying fish, with a single propellor?)…
Scorpionfish & Stone fish are fairly common down there; just difficult to spot (…and another good reason to not touch the coral)
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Exactly – you never know what that “coral” might do to you. And a happy birthday to you today, Jack (Facebook tells me!)
Oh dear, they all look great at a distance, but those sights would definitely not encourage me to take up scuba diving! Come to think of it, I don’t spend that much time in the water at all, I prefer long walks on the beach. 😉 Truly stunning images by Melinda Riger! Amazing creatures, colorful, playful and wonderful in the waters of Abaco, RH. Are your little princesses happy in the water?
Greetings from the Rhine Valley, Dina
Stick with the lovely beaches of north Norfolk, Dina. No risk of untoward underwater encounters! Some things down there are poisonous, and if you don’t see them first… Are you cruising up / down the Rhine? I stayed at Assmanshausen once – then, the source of the only red wine thereabouts – and was very impressed by the Mauserturm (insert own umlauts) where Bishop Hatto met his rodentine end. Allegedly. One princess is only 6 months, but enjoys her bath very much. The 2-year old has ‘lessons’ I think. The 8 year old (Berry) first learnt to swim in the sea at Brancaster with us when she was 5 or 6. We celebrated with fish & chips sitting on the harbour wall at Wells! RH
Great photos! Love all the wonderful fish in Abaco. However, my psyche took a beating the year I was snorkeling at Guana Cay and a remora decided he wanted to attach himself to me. Harrumph!
Well look on the bright side Susan – maybe it a was intended to be flattering? I know they do latch onto divers sometimes – what I’d like to know is, does it hurt if they attach themselves to bare skin? I’m not volunteering though. I have to check the internet when I have a moment… RH