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Saturday, March 18, 2006

The MOST Mysterious Creatures

John Hoover and I have a book in progress on Mystery Sea Creatures. We will be sending many of John's wonderful photos,from that work, your way.

MOST Mysterious Creature #1:
My best clue to finding this sea creature is that it has gone fishing. I hope the kids have fun searching for this amazing undersea creature. I can also say that this creature is so incredible, it has a body that is kind of like a plastic bag in that it can swallow prey larger than itself.
Aloha, Ron
Congratulations to the Australian students at Riverland who have already identified this one!!!


Most Mysterious Creature #2:

You need to be very careful when reaching your hand into crevices. A spine from
this sea creature can be a danger.
From the Deep Blue Sea, Ron
All images in this post are copyrighted to John Hoover at
http://www.hawaiisfishes.com Many thanks to John.


At March 21, 2006, Anonymous Riverland Students in Australia said...

No. 1 is a Frogfish

At March 21, 2006, Anonymous Mikey, Alex, and the Upper Primary said...

Most Mysterious # 2 is a Scorpionfish
From Riverlands in Australia

At March 21, 2006, Anonymous Ron said...

Mikey, Alex, and the Upper Primary

You got this right. It is a scorpion fish and I think it would be hard to identify to species just from the photo. I'll leave it at that for now if that's okay with you. This will give kids in other places a chance to comment.

Have any of you ever seen a scorpion fish, face to face? They are really cool. I've seen them and when they spread their pectoral fins, the color is very dazzling. Kind of like a butterfly that has toxins in its body and warns potential predators with the show of orange. Beware!

At March 21, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. Newton's 1st graders said...

To Mikey, Alex, and the Upper Primary,

We are very curious about these two fish!
Here in Indiana in the United States, we have never seen such fish. Are these fish near where you live? How did you know about these so quickly? Are the fish hiding under something or is that all of their bodies we are seeing?

At March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eastview 6th Connor .Joseph
We think it is a pseudopleuronectes americanus

At March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eastview 6th Connor. Joseph
#1 we think it is a achirous lineatus

At March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eastview 6 grader Darik

I think creature No. 1 is a flounder. Mystery creature No.2 is a scorpionfish.

At March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eastview 6th grade Spencer Does this fish have a 2 word name and if it does is it a Angel Anglerfish?

At March 22, 2006, Anonymous ron hirschi said...

Sixth Graders

Good work in working on this. No 1 is the Frogfish, Antennarius lembeh. It is one that uses a very life-like shrimp lure to attract prey.

No 2 is a Scorpionfish, genus Scorpaenopsis.........Spinycrown is one species in that small group of highly camo'd scorpionfish. My favorite in this group is the leaf scorpion which I have gotten to swim with. It drifts like a piece of seaweed and could care less if you are near, it is so well disguised and confident in itself.

I will send some other later that you will have fun with. Kids in Australia are also doing research on these fish and are quick to find the answers.

Aloha, Ron

At March 23, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. Newton's 1st graders said...

MOST Mysterious Creature #3
Dear Ron,
Can you pet this creature or will it sting? Cara and Dawson

Is the pinky-orange color the coral or the animal? Mrs. N.

Is it flipped over on its back? Cara

If we saw its shell would be know what it is? Katlyn


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