PETER SCOONES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER SCOONES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Zoom into a stonefish (Synanceia sp.) camouflaged amongst coral rubble. The stonefish is a highly venomous fish that bears poisonous spines on its back, which deter predators. The sting can be fatal to humans who accidentally tread on it or pick it up. Stonefish use their camouflage to hide from their prey, which includes crabs and smaller fish. When it approaches close enough to be caught, the fish engulfs it with a rapid strike of its large mouth. Filmed in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
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