Luzon Island, Philippines
This pair of six-inch lionfish (Pterois species) have their fins and venomous spines fanned out in a defensive posture. The venom apparatus consists of thirteen dorsal spines, three anal spines, and two pelvic spines. As with most poisonous sea creatures, they are almost fearless and make little effort to elude the camera. Typically easy to spot, lionfish slowly move just above the reef floor or hover near coral heads or in crevices.
Jeffrey N. Jeffords (photographer; copyright holder; identification)
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