GALLERY: Tasseled Anglerfish

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Dear Critters,

I have become completely fascinated by these incredibly difficult to detect tasseled anglerfish over the past few months. After many years of diving in the same dive site, I have only just discovered that these well camouflaged fish have been watching me swim past them week after week without me even noticing them from the safety of their pylons. Nowdays, I find up to eight tasselled anglerfish on each dive. It is my absolute pleasure to share them with you in this ever growing gallery of images which have inspired me to begin a citizen science research project to study these amazing creatures more closely.

Here are some other tasseled anglerfish resources that you may find fascinating.

Fishes of Australia Information about Rhycherus Filamentosus

Love and bubbles,

PT xxx

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15 thoughts on “GALLERY: Tasseled Anglerfish

  1. Woah! Now, there’s a mug only a mother could love. Incredible, though – what a creature. Goodness, the waters are filled with the weirdest stuff on earth – no wonder you like floating around so much. πŸ˜‰

    • Hey Sandra – I must be their mother then (maybe their ‘Tasseled Godmother’?) because I think they are absolutely stunning πŸ™‚ I found 8 more on my dive today – such gorgeous little ‘Fluffy Muppet Fish’ πŸ™‚ Love and bubbles, PT xxx

      • I’m really beyond fascinated – I must know more! I wonder what they feel like. Did you touch them? Or are you allowed to touch them (or should you?) I wonder if they’re soft or picky. They’re so incredible – I think I have a new favourite fish!

      • I’m so glad you like them too, Sandra πŸ™‚ Never a great idea to touch marine life, but I’m pretty sure from looking at them very closely that they are soft rather than prickly. I added a few more images to the gallery over the past few days, including one I took on yesterday’s dive. I’ve decided to do a dedicated tasseled angler dive once a week to start pulling together some informal research about them, plus I’m going to read up as much info as I can about what’s already known about them. We can be their fan club! πŸ˜€ Hope you have an amazing day πŸ™‚ Love and bubbles, PT xxx

    • Tanks so much, Gorgeous Mermaid πŸ™‚ Found another 8 today (3 of them were different to the 8 I found yesterday). Dive soon, yes please?? xxx

    • I did the same thing for many years Liz before I learned how to find them – do you dive Blairgowrie? I found 8 today 😊😊😊

      • I was on the lookout for them at Blairgowrie a couple of weeks ago – but alas – none spotted by me…… or were they???? πŸ˜‰

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