Frogfish at Cook Island

We went for a quick dive on Saturday, the conditions looked promising, however the swell was a little bigger than predicted, 3-4 metres and we were on an outgoing tide.  We were still able to safely navigated the Tweed Bar and get on our way to Cook Island Reserve, fortunately the wind was a very slight south-easterly and the ocean swell had little impact.

The dive conditions were very ordinary.  Due to the large swell we had to contend with strong ocean surge and unsettled sand and debris, making photography quite difficult as you are pushed one way and then the other.

The highlight though was the discovery of our first frogfish (angler fish) at Cook Island. We’ve been diving this area for more than 10years, so we are very pleased with our discovery.  You need to look very close to make out any of its features, but if you look close you can make out a tail, one foot like fin, an eye and its angler lure. It was about 10cm long.

Giant Frogfish (Commerson's Frogfish), North wall, Cook Island Reserve, NSW, April 2013. Hardly recognisable.

Giant Frogfish (Commerson’s Frogfish), North wall, Cook Island Reserve, NSW, April 2013.
Hardly recognisable, about 10cm long and very well hidden.

The following photos are a bit clearer, we took these photos in better conditions a few years ago.

Giant Frogfish (Commerson's Frogfish), Flat Rock, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, January 209.  This species of frogfish shows many colors and can slowly change fromd one color to another until it matches the color of the surrounding sponges or corals. Lightly pigmented spots, patches and scabs

Giant Frogfish (Commerson’s Frogfish), Flat Rock, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, January 2009.
This species of frogfish shows many colors and can slowly change from one color to another until it matches the color of the surrounding sponges or corals. It has lightly pigmented spots, patches and scabs

Painted frogfish (Antennarius pictus), Julian Rocks, Byron Bay, NSW. May 2009.   Is one of the better known frogfishes in the Pacific, ranging in a varity of colours, which they can change.

Painted frogfish (Antennarius pictus), Julian Rocks, Byron Bay, NSW. May 2009.
Is one of the better known frogfishes in the Pacific, ranging in a variety of colours, which they can change.

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