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name this fish

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by Dave Kay, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. Dave Kay

    Dave Kay Nassau Grouper

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    I know this looks like the head of a wobbegong shark but something is off, like to tail. Big eyes. Odd mouth. Out in the sand.
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  2. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    A stargazer of some sort. Where you found it is always helpful, as is size.
     
  3. Rollin

    Rollin Professional Photographer

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    Area?

    Looks like Lophius piscatorius.
     
  4. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Sure is a monkfish. I’ve never seen one in the water. Yummy, but keep your appendages away from the bitey bits.
     
  5. RangerRick

    RangerRick Angel Fish

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    Definitely a monkfish, also known as a goosefish here in New England. They are quite plentiful and buttf*$@ing ugly. Huge mouths. A football will fit sideways in their heavily toothed mouth. Rows of teeth that curve backwards. They get pretty big, 3 feet or more. Not very good swimmers. Remind me of chickens, they swim up and drop back down to the bottom. Some of the dives we did off Chatham, Mass. had so many of them on the sea floor you didn’t dare set your foot down. Nothing worse than seeing one at night
     
  6. RangerRick

    RangerRick Angel Fish

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    Forgot to mention, there is a pretty good market for the meat in their tails which are quite thick. Pretty much available in most of the fish markets locally. For years was considered a “trash fish” but now that stocks of other fish are down it’s being promoted. Sold as Monk Tails.
     
  7. Newdiv

    Newdiv Barracuda

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    I’ve heard it referred to poor man’s lobster in the past.
     
  8. Dave Kay

    Dave Kay Nassau Grouper

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    this was on instagram so not sure where it was shot, but glad you dont think its a wobegong either
     
  9. Dave Kay

    Dave Kay Nassau Grouper

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    thanks it sure does. I saw it on instagram, son had never seen it before.
     
  10. Dave Kay

    Dave Kay Nassau Grouper

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    for sure thanks, Im a warm water diver so had never seen this, came across it on Instagram site
     

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