It’s very unusual to find a large Stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa) free sitting like on this picture.
The carnivorous ray-finned fish has venomous spines. It lives on reef bottoms camouflaged as a rock. It is the most venomous known fish in the world. It can be lethal to humans, but it is passive and not aggressive.
This sample sits in a field of amphoras.

Makadi Bay, Hurghada, Egypt, Red Sea

501 Views, 12.09.2013

Canon EOS 5D, 4/17-40mm L USM, SEACAM Housing, Seaflash, 1/80s, f 11


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  • jules572
    jules57211 months ago

    You find the most interesting sea-life Norbert and your info is very informative. As the saying goes, “you can look but better not to touch”..Jules…Favour

  • Thank you very much Jules. As an experient diver it is not dangerous to touch this animal, but I would not recommend it ;-)

    – Norbert Probst

  • eyeland
    eyeland11 months ago

    I agree with Jules. If this splendid creature was land based it would be some sports team’s mascot. — the Stuttgart Stonefish.

  • Thank you very much. It’s a great animal, an when you see it moving it makes you laughin.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boily11 months ago

    wow! a rare picture I am sure. a chance for us because we can see it entirely and not in the mud. great shot Norbert ;)

  • I saw it man times, but never like this. Thank you Manon.

    – Norbert Probst

  • john  Lenagan
    john Lenagan11 months ago

    Great capture Norbert – so true when camouflaged you cannot see them – and they love the tidal shallows and do not swim away as you approach .

  • You are right John. This fish is a master of camouflage. Thank you.

    – Norbert Probst

  • TheaDaams
    TheaDaams11 months ago

    Very interesting…! Wonderful capture Norbert.

  • Thank you Thea.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...11 months ago

    Great shot, Norbert . . . have certainly heard of the infamous stone fish, but never actually seen one.

  • I am glad to show it to you. Thank you Carol an Mike.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Macky
    Macky11 months ago

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    jozi111 months ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjes11 months ago

    2013/09/03 One submission per 24hrs

    A brilliant capture Norbert!

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeon11 months ago

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