WTF? (WHAT’S THAT FISH?): A COMPENDIUM OF SUBSURFACE WEIRDNESS


Frogfish (Adam Rees / Scuba Works)

The astoundingly 5* strange Frogfish (Adam Rees / Scuba Works)

WTF? (WHAT’S THAT FISH?)

A COMPENDIUM OF SUBSURFACE WEIRDNESS

15 OF THE STRANGEST SEA CREATURES IN BAHAMAS WATERS

WTF? stands for ‘What’s That Fish’? But it might also be your exclamation when you come across one of these creatures. The WTF? series highlights some of the unusual, curious, weird and downright extraordinary fishes that inhabit the waters of Abaco and the northern Bahamas. Some represent local forms of a species found elsewhere in the world; others are in their own evolutionary cul-de-sac. Just as I think I have seen it all, so another oddity crops up somewhere that demands inclusion. 

This page is intended to be the most direct route to an underwater menagerie of the piscine strangeness, with example photographs to whet your appetite to learn more about these fascinating denizens of the ocean. This series has been put together over several years, and clicking on any creature header will start you on a long dive into that fish’s environment and secrets.

To see a collection of the excellent WEIRD CREATURES “MONSTERS OF THE DEEP” trading cards click HERE 

 1. REMORAS

Remora ©Melinda Riger @GBS

 2. LETTUCE SEA SLUG

Lettuce_Sea_Slug_LASZLO ILYES

 3. BATFISH

Batfish, Man-o-War Cay, Abaco (Cheryl Marx McKee)

 4. FROGFISH

Frogfish (Adam Rees, Scuba Works)

 5. FILEFISH

Scrawled Filefish ©Melinda Riger @ GBS

 6. SAND DIVER

Sand Diver ©Fred Riger @ G B Scuba

 7. SOAPFISH

Soapfish ©Melinda Riger @ GB Scuba

 8. GUITARFISH

Guitarfish, Florida (Adam Rees)

 9. HARLEQUIN BASS

Harlequin Bass Fish ©Melinda Riger @ G B Scuba copy

10. FLYING GURNARD

Dactylopterus_volitans Flying Gurnard (cralize wiki)

11 STARGAZER FISH

Star Gazer fish (Adam Rees : Scuba Works)

12 TRUMPETFISH

trumpetfish-melinda-riger-g-b-scuba

13 ROUGHHEAD BLENNY

14. ARROW CRABS 

Arrow Crab ©Melinda Riger @ GB Scuba copy

15. PORCUPINEFISH

Credits are all given in the individual articles. Thanks to all those that have provide the photos, without which this type of illustrated, unscientifically scientific poke around in the ocean would not be possible.

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