It’s time for Frogfish in Gili Air!
Did you know that many experienced divers are looking for a certain, very well camouflaged species of fish known as frogfishes? Here at our dive sites around Gili Air we can find several different types of Frogfishes. Our local dive guides Rozy and Jen always keep their eyes open to discover some of these strange and fascinating creatures.
Last week we found three black Giant Frogfishes in Gili Air at our popular dive site ‘Bounty’. This time in almost black with a few white dots. They are really well camouflaged and hard to find because they adapt perfectly to their surroundings and move very little. Frogfishes are unable to change their colour quickly, the whole process of changing colour to blend in can take several weeks. And they really nearly don’t move. If they do, they use their fins to walk across the bottom or swim by jet propulsion. Their backward-facing, tubelike gill openings propel them along the bottom if they want to move really quickly.
To attract their prey frogfishes use different lures, which they wave in front of their mouth. Some lures resemble shrimps, others fishes, worms or tiny squids. If a prey is attracted and comes close enough, the frogfish will strike and they use their backward-facing, tubelike gill to suck them in and devour them whole!
When you are looking for frogfish in Gili Air you really need to have a keen eye or an excellent guide because they’re super hard to spot. But nevertheless, our Two Fish Divers team are experts at spotting even the most perfectly camouflaged Frogfishes! Did you know that we even have a dive site called ‘Frogfish Point’ where the chances of a sighting are high. So visit us on Gili Air and ask us to show you some of these incredible critters!