Frogfish (Antennariidae) is a particular hunt for experienced divers – it’s a bit like searching a gold nugget in the sand or a Pokemon to be more modern. The Frogfish we found in our house reef at Twofish Amed are tiny ones. If some of them (Giant frogfish) can reach a maximum size of around 40cm, we are more likely to find individuals to a maximum size of 10cm and usually way smaller.
We love them because they are amazing in terms of diversity, colors and have the big advantage (for us) to usually stay in the same area. Frogfish aren’t proper swimmers. They are missing a swim bladder and so they have to walk. Doing so, they can only cover very short distances and when you spot one you will have a great chance to find it several days in a row. And, another funny fact about frogfish is that some of them have phases and change colors during their life time…
This week as well, with Open Water student Amin from Germany, we had a magical encounter with a lot of action in our house reef. We have a group of cake urchins with bright pink and purple colors that we are used to but this week we found 13 ornate ghost pipefishes chilling over and a bunch of baby octopuses plus couples of juvenile moorish idols. We stayed there for a while just looking at the scene and for his only second dive in the ocean, Amin can say he is lucky.
Come for a frogfish hunt with Twofish Amed. In the worst case, you’ll see so many things that you will eventually forget about it if you have not seen any.