May your eyes behold

Frogfish

May your eyes behold

In all creatures and seasons

Beauty incarnate

I took this photo of a Commerson’s Frogfish at the Waikiki Aquarium a few years ago. Frogfishes are highly adaptable ambush predators. They are black, red, orange, yellow, brown and green; some are mottle-patterned.  They can brace themselves to the ocean floor with stubbly, jointed pectoral and pelvic fins.  They change position by “walking” on these hand-like fins. Some camouflage as Hawaiian sea sponges, complete with sponge pores.  Some look like seaweed covered rocks. 

They are quite beautiful, don’t you think?

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