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The Devil Walks at Dusk


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With mottled skin as rough as sandpaper, the devil scorpionfish easily blends into the contours of an underwater rock pile or rubble field.

These ambush predators prefer to sit and wait patiently for passing prey, but when they do move about, they walk rather than swim, using small spike-like extensions of their pectoral fins to propel themselves across the bottom.

This video captures a devil scorpionfish emerging from hiding place below Wakatobi’s jetty on the House Reef at dusk to begin an evening hunt.

Walt Stearns
Walt Stearns
Editor for Scuba Diver Magazine's North America edition, Walt Stearns, has been involved in the diving industry for more than 30 years. As one of the most prolific photojournalists in diving media Walt’s articles and images have appeared in a wide range of national and international diving, water sports and travel titles.
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