Quicksilver Group NewsFebruary 5th, 2013
Rare Fish Find
The Weedy or Lacy Scorpionfish is a beautiful rare and rarely seen fish species but visitors aboard Silversonic this week have been amazed at seeing this fish which is “uber” rare to see.
At one of Silversonic’s exclusive reef sites, Pavona the rare sighting of this fish has occurred several days in a row. Due to the ideal weather conditions this past week Pavona is a site we can only use in light northerly winds and is on the front side of Agincourt 2D.
Dougie Baird, Environmental and Compliance Manager, Quicksilver Group said “This Scorpionfish is a beautiful rare fish species and was first described in 1973. This species is a master at camouflage and blends in well with its background and can be seen hiding under plate corals or on coral ledges. It has a distinctive head shape, large upturned mouth, dangly tentacles on the snout and varies in colour to blend into the environment. The 3 dorsal spines are venomous. They are ambush predators and feed on other fish. They are known to “ambush” other fish by walking on their pectoral fins instead of swimming and can grow up to 30cms. This is a special experience for the Silversonic divers who came up close and personnel to this marine life wonder.”