Alligator Pipefish

Swims Vertically
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The Alligator Pipefish hides by diving down vertically to blend in with the light green seagrass.


Alligator Pipefish external link (Syngnathoides biaculeatus)   •  Monterey Bay Aquarium internal link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 1 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 15:28:48 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2146
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Aligned With A Stick
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This Alligator Pipefish hid by aligning itself with a stick.


Alligator Pipefish external link (Syngnathoides biaculeatus)   •  Monterey Bay Aquarium internal link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 1 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 15:25:51 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2177
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No Need To Hide
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The Alligator Pipefish has no teeth and so sucks up zooplankton for food. When not threatened, it does not swim vertically.


Alligator Pipefish external link (Syngnathoides biaculeatus)   •  Monterey Bay Aquarium internal link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 1 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 15:29:03 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2178
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