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Fugly Friday: Scorpion Fish

It is mind-boggling how much fugly there is in the depths of our oceans. That is just one of the things that make the ocean such an interesting place to explore. Some species, like the scorpion fish are dangerous as well as fugly.

Scorpion Fish (Photo by Wilfried Berns/Tiermotive/Creative Commons via Wikipedia)Scorpion Fish (Photo by Wilfried Berns/Tiermotive/Creative Commons via Wikipedia)

The scorpion fish has spines covered with venomous mucus.  Because of this adornment the fish have few natural predators. They hang out along coral reefs feeding on crustaceans and small fish that happen by. 

Scorpion Fish (Photo by Andrepiazza/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)Scorpion Fish (Photo by Andrepiazza/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

The main commercial use of scorpion fish for humans is for aquariums. People enjoy their unusual appearance and bright colors.

SEE ALSO:  A Rainbow of Bettas: Photos of Spectacular Siamese Fighting Fish

Sources: Wikipedia, A-Z Animals

 

Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger
PetsLady.com

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