Handfish

A fish with hands? You betcha! There are 14 species of handfish, nine of which have just been named and described for the first time. Handfish were named such because they use their fins to walk around on the floor of the ocean, instead of swimming. Handfish are rare and difficult to study, and scientists believe they may even be toxic to predators. The pink handfish shown here bears a startling resemblance to The Creature from the Black Lagoon. National Geographic has rare photographs of four different kinds of handfish. Link -via Boing Boing

(Image credit: Karen Gowlett-Holmes)

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How appropriate, I am actually reading Your Inner Fish right now and got all excited even before I saw halfracer's post. He/she is right-- Inner Fish is a killer read!
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Read "Your Inner Fish" and see how it all fits together. Very readable book.

http://www.amazon.com/Your-Inner-Fish-Journey-3-5-Billion-Year/dp/0375424474
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Handfish were named such because they use their fins to walk around on the floor of the ocean, instead of swimming.

So why aren't they called "footfish"?
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