Photos - Critters Part 3
A snapping shrimp has made a sea squirt its home. The sea squirt has been illuminated by shining a dive light through the sea squirt's side wall.
Sea squirt - or ascidian - are animals with one end of the body fixed to rock, coral, or other solid surface.
Lionfish belongs to the scorpionfish family. It is native to Indo-Pacific. Lionfish have become invasive species in Florida and Caribbean, where they have no natural predators destroying up to 80% of existing fish species in a few weeks.
Scorpionfish do not attack divers, but their venomous spines can be lethal if you are not careful where you slam your hands.
Moray eels do not attack divers unless provoked or by accident. Scuba divers have lost fingers while hand-feeding moray eels. Moray eels have poor eye sight and they rely on their sense of smell, which may make distinguishing between food and diver's fingers difficult.
Garden eels usually live in burrows on the sea floor. They tend to live in groups, and eel heads "growing" from the sea floor resemble plants in a garden. They vary greatly in color depending on the species involved.
Most stingrays have one or more barbed stingers on the tail, which are used exclusively in self-defense.
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