Pic o’ the week – spotted scorpionfish

Spotted scorpionfish (Scorpaena plumieri), Florida Keys

Can you tell where the oceanfloor ends and the fish begins? Terrific camouflage.

Students from Missouri’s Saint Joseph School District encountered this creature during their spring field study in the Florida Keys. In their words –

“This spotted scorpionfish was photographed in shallow water off Burnt Point in the Florida Keys. The three bands on the tail help to ID this fish. He ignored us for a good ten minutes while we took all the photographs we cared to.

This well-camouflaged fish can deliver serious puncture wounds with its dorsal spines that cause severe pain and illness.”

Here’s another pic of the fish moving that helps you see it a little more clearly:

Photos courtesy Sean Nash