These are a few of my favourite species: sarcastic fringehead

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Most submissions to the “These are a few of my favourite species” series are interesting, to be sure.  Cute, even.  You got your fuzzy faced seals and your pretty nudibranchs and such.  They’re…nice.  But the rest of the DSNers can take a hike cos mine’s a bona fide winner.  While your nudibranch is gradually oozing across a rock, mine is romping into the end-zone and spiking the ball.  Your carrier shell, your torpedo ray and your carnivorous sponge are all one trick ponies.  Mine is a genuine triple threat.  Y’see, the sarcastic fringehead has it all: extraordinary adaptaion, amazing behaviour and perhaps the all-time best animal name.  Ever. Anywhere.  Eat that, brachiopod (do you even eat? really? WTF is a lophophore???). Don’t just take my word for it; let David Attenborough break it down for you. Stick around for the true awesomesauce at around 2:00, then give it up for the undisputed baddest blenny around

Alistair Dove (149 Posts)

Dr. Alistair Dove is a systematic and ecological parasitologist by training, with broader research interests in the natural history and health of marine animals, especially whale sharks. He is currently Director of Research and Conservation at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta USA. His comments here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Georgia Aquarium


One Reply to “These are a few of my favourite species: sarcastic fringehead”

  1. well, I will not see how sarcastic is this sarcastic fish because that video seems not available for every countries … Damn

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