Native to the Galapagos is the curious Sea Robin. This bottom-dwelling fish can grow to around 12in (30cm) long. Its habitat is the sandy and rocky seabed at depths of 60-100ft (20-30m) although it has been known to frequent shallower waters.
The Sea Robin is distinctive by its unusual solid skull, as well as its long pectoral fins that extend down to the anal fin and open out when swimming. An additional feature of note is their six finger-like structures (3 on each side) which were once part of the pectoral fin and these are used for skimming along on the seabed helping them to look for their next prey!
When trying to spot a Sea Robin look out for its reddish colourings, with brightly edged pectoral fins that are visible as they skirt along the bottom of the sea.
Sea Robins are also very vocal, and if you listen carefully, you may even hear the beat of its drumming muscle against its swim bladder as it moves through the water. Furthermore, if the Sea Robin is captured, you might mistake it for a frog as it emits a croaking noise to signal its distress.
If you book a Galapagos diving cruise you will have an excellent chance of spotting this unusual fish in its natural habitat. Galapatours dive crews are the best in the islands, and your naturalist dive guide and dive master know all the best dive sites to ensure you have an unrivalled Galapagos diving experience.
Fast Facts about the Galapagos Sea Robin
- Endemic to the Galapagos
- While swimming these fish appear to be gliding over the seabed
- Sea Robins are very vocal - they can even make a croaking noise!
- Sea Robins are also known as Gurnards