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Name that fish

Monique, one of our instructors at Red Sea Waterworld, recently sent us this picture and asked for an identification! After careful research, we were surprised to discover that is actually a ‘toad fish” or for the Latin speakers among us a “Thalassothia cirrhosus”. According to our staff fish bible “Red Sea Reef Guide” by Helmut Debelius, this rare fish was first spotted in 1871, when only one specimen was recorded at Quseir, Egypt after an 8 year study on Red Sea fish and coral. The next sighting was in 1954, when one was caught in a trap in Elat in the Gulf of Aqaba. So, we may have only the third spotting of this specimen!! Even the Lochness monster has been seen more!!

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