A Fish That 'Bounces'

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Scientists recently discovered a new species of frogfish that bounces off the ocean floor like a rubber ball, instead of elegantly gliding like other fishes.

The stunning-looking fish, dubbed Psychedelic, has Nemo-like orange stripes, interspersed with tan stripes that extend across its body, all the way to its bright greenish-blue eyes. The fish's soft, sponge-like body is covered with layers of skin, that protect it from the sharp edges of the coral floor. Scientists believe that its color has evolved over time, so that it can blend in with the beautiful coral around.

The bouncing fish is very similar to other frogfish in that it has leg-like fins on both sides of its body. Frogfish use these along with tiny gills that expel jets of water to 'walk' in the water. However the Psychedelic has an off-center tail that causes it 'bounce' around in a seemingly aimless fun way, just like a rubber ball.

The fish was discovered by a scuba diving instructor off the shore of the Ambon Islands in Eastern Indonesia, who referred it to a professor at the University of Washington. After conducting a number of tests, it was identified as new species of the frogfish family.

Frogfish are generally smaller fish that dwell near the bottom of the ocean, typically near the coral reef. Their camouflage is helped by their unique ability to change their color depending on the background and the numerous warts and filaments on their skin that allow them to blend in completely with the coral and await their prey.

Sources:huffingtonpost.com, telegraph.co.uk.wikipedia.org.

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  • gold3nglare
    gold3nglareThursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:27 am
    Very fascinating!
    • RoseMonday, April 23, 2018 at 1:59 pm
      I’m from Indonesia
      • Lightspeed23 Monday, December 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm
        You know, when it (the fish) first started bouncing, it must’ve been hit sooooooo many times by coral.
        • An old menMonday, August 15, 2016 at 5:17 pm
          When I die, I want my reincarnation to be a frog fish Oh yaauusssss I will bounce to victory!🐸🍩👴🏼 I say I am still getting used to the emoji dounut, it's so beautiful I could just!...🍩🍪🍬❤️☺️
          • oliverTuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:15 am
            i love fish
            • Ashlyn Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:04 pm
              So silly
              • lola4life
                lola4lifeThursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:41 pm
                If I was that fish it would be so hard to get around
                • blossom
                  blossomSaturday, April 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm
                  Wow that is another way of flying lol
                  • trollolol_15
                    trollolol_15Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm
                    that's the other way
                    • fry09
                      fry09Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm
                      awsome press like if you agree with me