Photo of the Day 16 February 2008

Scorpion Fish, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia, 1997
Photograph by David Doubilet
A scorpion fish attempts to hide in the sand in French Polynesia's Tuamotu Archipelago. Masters of disguise, scorpion fish use cryptic coloring and specialized appendages to help them hide from predators and surprise prey. What happens when its cover is blown? The fish uses its highly venomous dorsal spines in a lightning-quick attack.