No, That’s Not Moss. It’s the Hairy Frogfish.


Look out where you step next time your at the beach.

The Hairy Frogfish is one of the fiercest, stealthiest creatures in the sea. This small fish is only about 9 inches long, but its wicked, extensible mouth allows it to swallow prey as large as itself.

Frogfish can change color depending on their environment, taking only a few weeks to adapt. But that color change makes it a mega-deadly hunter. The frogfish uses its first dorsal spine — called the illicium — like a fishing rod. Its tip has a worm-like “lure”  that attracts unsuspecting prey.

Take a look at the frogfish in action.


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