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Tidepool sculpin

Oligocottus maculosus


Small molted grey, brown and white sculpin. They can change their color rapidly so as to camouflage itself.


Spotted in a tide pool at Tongue Point Marine Sanctuary.


It is a predator, feeding on small invertebrates such as isopods, amphipods, gastropod molluscs, polychaete worms and barnacles, as well as insects that happen to fall into the water. Small amounts of algae also form part of the diet. Sculpins are preyed upon by diving birds and by predatory fishes when the tide is high. (Wikipedia)

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Brian38 5 years ago

Thank you much Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

I've never seen one of these before. He seems like a formidable little guy. Thanks for sharing, Brian.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Apr 21, 2019
Submitted on May 12, 2019

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