Peacock Blenny

This has to be one of the strangest fish I have ever encountered. It was about 20 cms long and was crawling across the rock at the bottom of the harbour using its fore fins like arms or legs. Until I found out what it was (Salaria pavo) I would have sworn it was some type of saltwater salamander. It even had a distinct head and face reminiscent of a seal.

Really creepy, primeval creature. Apparently they’re much sought after by specialist aquarium owners to clean the algae from the side of the tank. I personally wouldn’t want one staring at me from behind the glass. It would give me nightmares.

Photographed with a Dazzne P2 in Croatia.

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