Pineap­ples that hang out

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

The Ja­panese Pinecone fish can be found in the sub­lit­toral zone of the ocean (that part where the sun­light can still reach the ocean floor) and they spend the day in caves, in co­ral reefs, un­derneath rocks, and in rocky over­hangs (Weird Fish of the Week, 2016).

That is all it does dur­ing the day – hang out. This noc­tur­nal species tends to just hang around in dark ar­eas in the day­time be­fore ven­tur­ing out to go and hunt for food. In par­tic­u­lar, the Ja­panese Pinecone fish form preda­tory schools closer to the bot­tom of the ocean floor where their diet of smaller fishes and shrimps are more con­cen­trated.

Lo­ca­tion-wise, the Ja­panese Pinecone fish can be found around the In­dian and Pa­cific oceans, as far north as Ja­pan to as far south as Aus­tralia and New Zealand. Other species of Pinecone fish can even be found in South Africa.

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