Fishing for the oddballs

When you delve underwater, there are creatures aplenty, each weirder than the other. Cute, funny, scary, sarcastic, awesome — it’s all there underneath the sea!

Aggressive Sarcastic Fringehead
Illustration: © Rama Ramesh

Let’s see who is better

Sarcastic Fringeheads are aggressively protective about their territories and very particular about not letting anybody step inside. But how do they establish the territory in the first place? To do this, two fishes of the species press their mouths against each other to determine who has a bigger head and hence more dominant, thus the rightful owner of the territory in question. All of a sudden, the name makes a lot of sense.

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Rama Ramesh

Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.