Padre Burgos, Philippines
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Watch your step… this stargazer fish is waiting for a meal. So-called because of the eyes on the tops of their heads, stargazers use their fins as shovels to burrow themselves into the sand, leaping out to ambush any prey that passes overhead.
“I spotted the fish during a night dive when my torchlight caught its eyes,” says photographer Reinart van Meteren. “It was about 30cm long, probably waiting to ambush one of the smaller fish close by. I gently moved the water on top of it in order to uncover its face, and then I had a few seconds to take the shot before it buried itself back into the sand.”
Stargazers use their large, upward-facing mouths to create a vacuum, sucking in their unsuspecting prey. Some species can also create electric shocks of up to 50V, thanks to a specialised organ located behind their eyes – handy for warding off potential predators or confusing a potential snack.