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Oriental Flying Gurnard, Sea Robin

Dactyloptena orientalis


"The oriental flying gurnard is up to 40 centimetres (16 in) in length and is usually a grayish brown color with dark markings. The fish has huge, round pectoral fins having many dark markings and a bright blue edge. The pectoral fins are normally held against the body, but when threatened the fins are expanded in to scare predators which include sea breams and mackerel. The flying gurnard uses its pelvic fins to walk along the bottom of the ocean." Source:


While an extremely fast swimmer, this one was gamely posing for us. Night dive. Depth of 4.5 m. Anilao Pier, Batangas, Philippines

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Eric Noora
Eric Noora 7 years ago

Thanks Jolly :-)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 7 years ago

Beautiful series Eric

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 7 years ago

Thanks Gerardo. The last time I spotted one, was only able to snap 1 clear pic because it was on the go. This one was just letting us snap away :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 7 years ago

Thanks Scott. Come on over here to see a live one. Cheers :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Wow extraordinary find and series Eric :)

ScottHarte 7 years ago

Great find! always wanted to see one, thanks for sharing

Eric Noora
Spotted by
Eric Noora

Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 3, 2012
Submitted on Feb 21, 2013

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