Also known as Tube-nosed Stargazer and Marbled Stargazer. They feed on fish, octopus and squid, and grow to a length of 35cm. Stargazers are called such because their eyes, positioned on top of their heads, appear to be constantly gazing heavenward. The genus "Uranoscopus" is made up of two Greek words that mean 'sky' and 'watch'.
Found singly in silty or sandy lagoons and coastal waters, buried in the sand with just the mouth and eyes showing. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region, at depths of 5 to 150m.
Spotted this stargazer at a depth of less than 5m during a day dive off the eastern coast of Samal Island, Philippines.
Lat: 6.98, Long: 125.73
Spotted on Jun 16, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012