WTF?


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 simply 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.

 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