This week we feature movies of three strange fishes that were on other websites. To each we have included additional information. As usual we are delighted to show movies and images from 'local' contributors. More images and fact sheets have been migrated from the old site. As always - thank you to all our contributors!
A weird-looking fish that people have compared with Shrek, the animated character, has been filmed in Japan. The fish is an Asian Sheepshead Wrasse, Semicossyphus reticulatus. It is a labrid fish (family Labridae) that occurs in China, Japan, and both North and South Korea. Australia is home to over 180 species of wrasses. Regrettably for divers, the Asian Sheepshead Wrasse is not one of them.
This week we supplemented some of the magnificent BBC Life footage with additional images and information. A host of new movies and images were added, including a fantastic image of two beautiful Banggai Cardinalfish.
If you are a fish, one of the most effective ways to avoid a predator must be to leave the water. Fishes have evolved different strategies to do just that, but few manage to do so as spectacularly as the flyingfishes. It is not uncommon to see a fish glide up to 200 m.