Meet the strange-looking Commerson’s frogfish

Meet the Commerson’s Frogfish

Meet the Commerson’s frogfish, one of Hawaii’s most unusual sea creatures! This very-strange-looking fish uses it fins as hands and walks across the reef in slow motion. Most of the time it does not move at all except to open its mouth slowly to breath. It just sits there on the coral reef motionless, but divers rarely see the adults because they blend in to the background so well that they just look like a rock, coral head or red sponge. I often will point one out to a fellow diver and they still won’t see it, even when they are close enough to reach out and touch it! The adults come in green, tan, red, white and brown colors, and they grow to about 10 inches long. When they are juveniles they are bright yellow!