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The insatiable hairy frogfish

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Don’t be fooled by its shaggy charm: the hairy frogfish eats prey its own size

A long, close look at the striated frogfish, also know as the hairy frogfish, will surely leave you happy you live on land. Despite a rotund, shaggy figure that makes it appear rather cartoonish, this ocean-dweller is a voracious predator, with pectoral fins used to glide along the ocean floor and firmly plant when prey is near, and an extendable mouth that allows it to swallow whole creatures as large as itself. The Insatiable Hairy Frogfish shows the strange creature on the hunt as it pursues prey small and large.

Director: Jose Lachat

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