When people hear the word ‘frogfish’, they envisage a fish that looks like a frog. However, it is called a frogfish because of its resemblance to the squat sitting position of frogs and not a froglike appearance. They are also known as an angler fish in several areas of the world.
Many think they are cute as they only grow from 1.5 cm to a maximum of 50 cm. Even though they are small fish, you will be surprised by their abilities.
They are a fish that loves to go fishing. A fish that goes fishing? Yes, you read it right.
They have a rod (illicum) and lure (esca) at the top of their dorsal spine that is located on their heads. You can also call this their fishing gear and it is important for them when they want to hunt for prey.
Next thing, is who would have thought that they are a genuine fish? Their appearance puzzles our brain. Before diving, divers minds are already set to look for a frogfish. Then as the dive goes on, they sometimes feel hopeless in searching for them. However, as frogfish are poor swimmers – since most of them don’t have a swim bladder – the main area to find them is on a coral reef, in seagrass beds, or on a sandy bottom. Which means they can be found in many places.