15 strange animals of the Red Sea
These marine creatures stand out for their odd appearances.
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As dangerous as it is hideous, the scorpionfish is covered in venomous spines and lurks hidden within the sand of the ocean floor. As soon as a tasty snack tries to swim by, gulp! the scorpionfish gobbles it down.
Tasseled scorpionfish can be found in the Red Sea, one of the most dangerous residents, harboring poison that can cause paralysis.
The tasseled scorpionfish has a lot going for it to keep it hidden. Its coloration matches the sea floor, while it can sink deep into the sand because it lacks a swim bladder. Its "facial hair" isn't just for the ladies – the tassels surrounding its jaw help it to blend in with its environment. If you ever go scuba diving in the Red Sea, keep an extra close eye out for this guy!