What Does A Fish Look Like?

One of the best things about fishwatching is the thrill of seeing so many different fishes together in one place. When snorkeling over a tropical coral reef you might see more than 50 different species . What makes fishwatching even more fun is that many of the fishes have completely different shapes, colors, and movements.

Seargent Major
Seargent Major
If you were to close your eyes and think about what a fish looks like, it might appear to your mind's-eye to be shaped something like this little fish known as a Sergeant Major. In fact, its shape is similar to the small perch or bream that live in freshwater streams near your home.
Shortnose Batfish
Shortnose Batfish
Now take a look at this strange fish. It really is different from Sergeant Major. This is a species know as a Shortnose Batfish. Batfish seldom swim; instead, they live on the bottom. Boy, this little guy seems to be in a bad mood. Do you look like this when you are in a bad mood?
Seahorse
Seahorse
This tiny, odd-looking fish is a seahorse. It is easy to see where they get their name. Seahorses seldom move about. Most of their time is spent with their long tails curled around branches.
Longlure Frogfish
Longlure Frogfish
Frogfish look more like blobs than fish. If you look closely, you can just see the upturned mouth, tiny eye, and tail. Frogfish are shaped and colored like this so they look like the background. When they move to another location, their color will change to match the new background.
Spotted Spoon Nose Snake Eel
Spotted Spoon Nose Snake Eel
Some fish look like other animals. This spotted spoon nose eel is really a fish, but appears to be a snake.
Peacock Flounder
Peacock Flounder
This flounder looks like a fish that was stepped on. Flounder have both eyes on top of their flat heads. The eyes are up high and can turn all about so the fish can see in every direction.
Eagle Ray
Eagle Ray
Beautiful Spotted Eagle Rays are large fish that use outstretched fins to swim through the water; much like birds use their wings to fly in the sky.
Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead Shark
Do you know what kind of fish this is? If you said shark, you are right. This shark has an odd-shaped head that gives it the name Hammerhead Shark.

So, what are you going to say if a friend asks you what a fish looks like? Maybe you will answer that fish come in many different shapes, and some look very funny indeed. Now you can understand why fishwatchers have so much fun when they visit the ocean.

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