Lungfish use their ability to breath air to engage in cicatrization for identification and beautification.
Just in case you forgot that skin was three* dimensional.
* Well, okay, four.
The books say these are also called “carpet sharks” because of their striking patterning, but I have to believe that the fact that they lay on the bottom of the ocean floor has something to do with it as well.
Three fish who have suddenly realized that they are COMPLETELY SURROUNDED by water.
Wikipedia informs me that bichir “make good tankmates with other species large enough not to be prey” which, really, is a good general rule for many social interactions.
No. I have no idea why it’s called a sarcastic fringehead. It’s not like I live at a point in history where the majority of human knowledge is immediately available or anything.
Hermann Rorschach actually stole his inkblot idea from mermaid psychologists who have used the technique for millenia.
Seadragon pondering the irony that in the 80’s spying was limited by battery tech and 30+ years later people use more powerful batteries to carry around always-on microphones.
This rockfish would like to remind you that winter squash last a long time, but not forever, and you should probably plan to eat that one on your counter tonight or tomorrow.
Wikipedia says this fish lives at depths between 0 to 249 ft.
My guess is that some young goby one day was told by its parents not to go 250 ft down, and that rule has been passed along ever since.
The feeling the morning after the cool kids pressured you into voting for a tax bill that will outright murder your constituents.
Dragonface pipefish mostly just watch TV.
One half the form of a maiden fish with a jet black mare’s body.
A livery he did wear
And he did comb back his hair*
And in velvet so green he did appear
But straight he did not repair
To the Curragh of Kildare
Mostly ’cause it was on land.
* Yeah, okay, but “fin” doesn’t rhyme
He dreams of her, larger than life, the time they spent together, days trickling by.
Awakening, he wonders if she knows how much she’s missing, how much she’s lost.
Fully awake, memory returns. He remembers the love, but he also remembers the other things.
He remembers the pushing, the shoving, the intensity of love turned dark and violent. In that moment, he knows what they lost but also what that loss gained. He knows that she made the right decision – the right decision for her, but also for him, for them.
He has to let the past go. He had to look forward and figure out how to live his life, past the point of rescue.
As a general rule, I don’t like to post photos of dead things, but since I am unlikely to ever see a living coelecanth, here you go.
This is one of the last recently-living remnants of the lobe-finned fish from which some scientists no longer believe that land mammals evolved, though Wikipedia has not been updated to match the debate about the sarcopterygians, the details of which I am only slightly aware.
Long story short: all* the scientists seem to agree that land animals evolved from fish, but perhaps not fish that looked like this one.
* Within a standard deviation or three.
Stuck for a last minute Halloween costume?
Why not lungfish?
This was our guide diver in the middle of a feeding frenzy that she prompted by opening a bait ball under water.
This is when I stopped being disappointed that the sharks were in a different tank.
The visibility under the water, though, isn’t that great.