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Friday, January 9, 2015

Spotted Handfish

Spotted Handfish is a rare and endangered fish of the Brachionichthyidae family. This strange animal is best known for using its hand-like fins to "walk" on the sea bottom instead of...swimming!. The spotted handfish is a benthic (living on the sea bottom) fish, usually found "walking" or resting in coarse to fine silt and sand, at depths ranging from 5 to 10 meters (~16 to 32 ft). However, there have been recorded sightings at depths of up to 30 meters (~98 ft).

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