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Flying gurnard

Dactylopterus volitans

Description:

Photo taken at -20 ft near the coast. this is also a spotting of a life time for me,one of the most interesting fish i have seen. They have been observed to "walk" along sandy sea floors while looking for crustaceans and other smal invertebrates by using their pelvic fins as it show in the video.

Habitat:

Found on sand, mud or over rocks in sandy areas, exploring the bottom with the free part of the pectoral fins. Feeds primarily on benthic crustaceans, especially crabs, clams and small fishes. Eastern Atlantic: English Channel to Angola, including the Mediterranean, Madeira, and the Azores. Western Atlantic: Canada to Massachusetts, USA and the Gulf of Mexico to Argentina.

Notes:

This is my very first spotting in Project Noah!

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44 Comments (1–25)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Hunter ,gatorfellows and Ali :)

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 6 years ago

Very pretty...

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 6 years ago

Wonderful, thank you for sharing this special shot.

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 6 years ago

What an incredible fish! Really neat shot. I'd love to do some underwater photography.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Vale your so kind:):)

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 6 years ago

your allways welcome Gerardo :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Scott :)

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 6 years ago

love those fish, great shots

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Antonio indeed how can i forget this guy is one of my favorite spots in all my life and open the door to this community. I´m in peace whit my self.
Thanks for remain me my friend :):) why i´m here.

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 6 years ago

AntónioGinjaGinja
5 months ago
beautiful photos,welcome to project noah :)
Remember Gerardo?of course,you where a sucess from the first one,one of the most amazing spottings pages i've ever see,great super dificult(underwater) work,thanks for sharing and for beeing allways there for all who need,congratulations my friend

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Forest Dragon!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 6 years ago

This is such a neat fish! Thank you so much for sharing this spot!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Gracias holisoylavero!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Gracias de nuevo :)
Gracias Tibiprada !

tibiprada
tibiprada 6 years ago

Maravilloso !

holisoylavero
holisoylavero 6 years ago

Que increible!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Kat and Gretel!

KatCuff
KatCuff 6 years ago

Cool!

GretelDeRuiter
GretelDeRuiter 6 years ago

This is almost like an optical illusion!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Thanks Rodegelio

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 7 years ago

I saw one of these in Shark River in New Jersey once.

butterfly in the sea. . .hehehe. . nice picture

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Thanks Carol

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 7 years ago

Wonderful photos and video. :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Thanks Uncle, Saabrigger, Craig, Marta, Annavan, Sachin, Satyen, Bong, thanks to you all for your grate comments,and ID´s, I learn allot form all of you.

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Lat: 20.84, Long: -86.89

Spotted on Dec 23, 2011
Submitted on Dec 25, 2011

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