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Buffalo sculpin

Enophrys bison


This sculpin is about 10 in. (25.4 cm) long. Fins have black and yellowish bands.Head is over-sized (typical of sculpins). The body is mottled and blotched in shades of brown, green, greyish and reddish brown and can change color to blend into its surroundings.


Spotted on a concrete seawall near the Port Ludlow marina. Most likely a bird had tangled with this spiny sculpin and gave up. It had a couple of injuries but was still alive. We put it back in the water and it swam away. Buffalo sculpin range from Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska to Monterey, California. They are most commonly found in inshore rocky and sandy areas to a depth of 20m (65 ft). The maximum recorded depth for this species is 227 m (743 ft).

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Mar 21, 2018
Submitted on Mar 25, 2018

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