An Unusual Sight

On Saturday, I was doing work at the bow of FOC when I spotted something odd floating in the water. At first I thought it was a squashed breadfruit that had somehow ended up in the water, but the color was all wrong and it was moving!

View looking down from ship:

frogfish 1

I went down to the pier to have a closer look.

By FOC’s hull:

frogfish 2

As it got nearer, I saw it was a frogfish (Commerson’s?) that was inflated and floating upside down:

frogfish 3

frogfish 4

It was propelling itself by squirting water out of its gill openings and moving its fins and tail. It looked like it was unable to deflate and right itself, so I felt rather sorry for it.


One comment on “An Unusual Sight

  1. starbuck5250 says:

    Oh, so sad to see such a creature this way. Unusual indeed.

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