Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Blow Your Trumpet

Large Trumpet fish, Aulostomus chinensis, gliding eerily over the reef hunting for prey. This Trumpet fish was around 3 ft. long. They are suction feeders kind of like a seahorse or a pipefish, creating a vacuum through the rapid opening of their mouth that will suck in unsuspecting fish or crustaceans. The long snout is likely for getting into crevices where shrimp, crabs and small fish would otherwise hide.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We are in Aruba and saw three of these very large trumpet fish. One was at least 4 feet long. Thank you for helping us to identify this amazing sea creature.