5 May 22
Locals of a Sunshine Coast town have been left startled by the arrival of a peculiar creature on the beach.
The strange-looking fish was spotted after washing up on Peregian Beach, on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.
A woman shared an image of her discovery to Facebook, asking: “Anyone know what sort of fish this is?”.
Suggestions poured in from dozens of locals, many of who were stumped by what they saw.
The fish had a unique colouring of bright yellow with patches of red and smaller dots of black.
Some joked it shared the appearance of familiar food items.
“It’s a deep-fried batter fish,” one said, with others likening its colours to bacon and eggs, parmigiana, pizza, schnitzel, bubblegum, cooked eggs and a bao bun.
Some speculated the odd pattern was the result of the fish having a “skin condition”.
The animal was also thought to have been some kind of puffer fish or anglerfish.
The most likely answer was that it was a warty frogfish, also known as a clown frogfish.
“Warty Frog Fish looks most likely. It’s a strange looking fish, thanks for sharing,” one comment read.
Another agreed, writing: “It’s called a clown frog fish”.
According to Fishes of Australia, the animal gets its name from the fact its head, body and fins are covered in prominent wart-like protuberances.
Its colour is highly variable to match the surroundings and can range from shades of cream, pink, red, to yellow, green, brown and black, often with darker pale-bordered spots, darker patches and saddles, the museum said.
They typically live among macroalgae, sponges and soft corals.
- AUTHOR BROOKE ROLFE
- SOURCE: NEWS.COM.AU
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