Friday, 1 January 2016

Giving The Handfish A Hand

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The handfish is a curious creature. A type of anglerfish in the Brachionichthyidae family, most species of handfish live in the waters around Tasmania. But unlike many oceangoing critters, handfish often 'walk' along the ocean floor instead of swimming.

Handfish usually dwell on sand and silt substrates where they often eat shrimp, small crustaceans and fish. The spotted handfish is unusual in that it has highly adapted pectoral fins, which appear like hands (hence the name).

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