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Fish with Legs Identified After Washing Ashore in New Zealand

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A fish with legs washed ashore on a New Zealand beach, and it looks…interesting to say the least.

A deep sea creature that is rarely seen washed ashore a New Zealand beach in the Bay of Islands. However, the Internet was left asking if it’s a frog or fish? Well, the verdict is in. It’s both.

Telegraph.UK
Telegraph.UK

Recently identified through a tissue sample to be a striped frogfish, it perfectly fits into the species description. However, the curious part about it was its completely black color, with the exception of a small portion of pattern.

Frogfish typically have fins on either sides of their bodies that have evolved “to be leg-like and are generally found living on the seabed.” However, its connection to the frogfish species makes it even more interesting since frogfishes “have the fastest bite of any vertebrate. Their mouths expand at the speed approaching a .22 rifle bullet in a medium 800x denser than air.”

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Clearly the power of this fish lay in more than just its little legs. The power of science strikes again, and we get to enjoy learning more about this species from this little guy’s unfortunate end that brought him to the surface.

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Fish with Legs Identified After Washing Ashore in New Zealand