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Monday, January 29, 2018

A perfect match

Another well camouflaged sculpin.  It's a perfect match for the surrounding coralline algae!

Here's a close-up (below).  I can't get over the beauty of their pectoral fins!

ADDENDUM (30 January 2018):  P.S.  A reader wrote to ask about the fish's pink coloration.  So I'm adding a close-up photo so you can look at some of the details:



Unknown said...

Does the sculpin actually have the algae growing on it?

Jackie Sones said...


It looks like it, doesn't it? But no, as far as I know, the coralline algae doesn't grow on the fish. I don't know much about fish, but I would guess the pink patches are pigments (in cells) in the skin.

See new close-up photo added on 30 January 2018.

:) Jackie