Today I want to write about a very ugly fish, that is cool in its own way, the reef stonefish.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These ugly looking fish grow up to 35 cm long.
- They are very well camouflaged, looking just like lumps of coral or rocks as they rest on the ocean floor. Reef stonefish come in a range of colours, usually brown or grey with red, orange or yellow patches.
- Reef stonefish are the most venomous fish in the world, using 13 sharp spines in their dorsal fins to inject their venom. Their venom has been known to kill people who are unlucky enough to step on them.
- They are ambush predators, waiting on the bottom of the sea for fish or crustaceans to swim past so that they can use their huge mouths to catch them. When they attack, they move so quickly that you can’t even see it without slow motion cameras.
- Reef stonefish are fairly common and live in shallow tropical waters in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They have also recently been found in the Mediterranean Sea.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about reef stonefish?