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Frogfish: what do you know about them? (Watch Video)



The first in an exciting new series of blogs introducing some of the amazing marine life you can encounter at Magic Resorts in the Philippines…

Some interesting facts!

The Frogfish is an interesting creature, not only because of its name and appearance, but especially because of its abilities.

The squat sitting position of this special creature is the reason they are called ‘Frogfish’. Frogfish tend not to swim too often, however, when they do swim, they have an interesting swimming technique. They use their tail fin but to increase their speed, they will gulp water and propel it out through their gills to move forward. Although most species are poor swimmers, they are categorized as fish because of their gills and fins. 
In some areas of the world this creature is called an Anglerfish, which will make more sense after reading this blog!

Frogfishes are characterized by their odd appearance. Honestly, did you notice you were staring at a frogfish the first time you saw one? Their camouflage skills are incredible! Frogfishes can adapt to simple backgrounds, but are also able to grow bumps, warts, hairs and flaps! That’s the reason it’s hard to identify them. Different species can look similar because of this ability. You might think you’re staring at a Painted Frogfish when it’s actually a Warty Frogfish. Simply amazing!

Furthermore, Frogfishes love to go fishing. Yes, a fish that goes fishing! They have their own fishing gear to catch their preys: they have a rod and a lure on their heads (the first of their dorsal spines). They normally find themselves a convenient spot, stay there and hunt. They are one of the best ambush predators of all fishes: they can catch a fish out of a school without the other fish noticing it!

With their ability to camouflage and adjust themselves to their environment, they can stay in the same spot for quite a while, keeping themselves safe from other predators!

So, calling them Anglerfish now makes more sense, right?

Some general facts!

  • There are 47 different, acknowledged species of Frogfishes. Can you name them all?
  • Frogfishes vary in size from 0.5 inch (the Randall’s Frogfish) to 20 inch (the Commerson’s/Giant Frogfish).

  • Frogfishes can be found in many places: coral reefs, seagrass beds or a sandy bottom.
  • The mouth of a frogfish can expand up to 12 times its original size and swallow a pray that’s twice as big as its own body!

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Magic Resorts Philippines has two dive resorts: Magic Oceans Anda, Bohol and Magic Island Moalboal, Cebu. Have the Magic experience in two different locations. Rely on the same atmosphere, service and standards during every vacation! Blogs are supported by Marlon Managa, Dive Master and Marine Biologist at Magic Oceans.

Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)



Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.

Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.

For more information about the CCMI click here.

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Jeff chats to… Matt Slater of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Matt Slater, Marine Awareness Officer with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust about their Diving and Snorkeling programmes.

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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