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Friday, July 6, 2012

Eye colors

Can you guess whose eye this is?

Northern Clingfish (Gobiesox maeandricus)
Clingfish have an adhesive disc between their pelvic fins that allows them to cling tightly to the undersides of rocks.

I could get lost in the colors of these fish eyes.  
(Two different individuals shown below.)

The first sculpin was in a shallow pool in the low intertidal zone.

We encountered the second sculpin in a small crevice waiting for the tide to return.

Here's the "fish out of crevice."  [We removed it from the crevice, photographed it, and released it into the water below.]  Amazing how well it blends in with the rock and coralline algae.

I'm looking for some help with identifying these sculpins.  If you're familiar with them, I'd love to learn what species they are.

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