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Also known as the Blue-fin Gurnard. This bottom dwelling species grows up to 65cm but average about 40cm like this one. Generally light pink with darker orange/red blotches, these fish are able to change their body colour from very pale to a deep red. They have remarkable pectoral fins that are very broad and brightly coloured green with a blue border, white flecks and a large black dot. When threatened these fins are spread and its thought the black dots look like eyes that might deter a potential predator.
Found on sandy sea bed, from shallow estuaries to open water down to 150-200m depth. This specimen found in the Firth of Thames in the North Island of New Zealand in about 30m of water.
These fish have finger-like fins under the pectoral fins used for both 'walking' along the sea bed and for disturbing the sand to locate its prey. I would also note that this fish was released unharmed after these images were taken.