A small sculpin (species unidentified) blends perfectly into the backround. There is a wide variety of sculpin living on the reefs off of California, of all sizes and colors. Most sit patiently on the bottom waiting for a meal to pass, relying on their camouflage to keep them out of sight. A slow approach allows closer inspection.
I think this one -- which is about 2" long -- is a Scalyhead Scuplin. (Artedius harringtoni)
Lens: 60mm macro
Location: San Clemente Island, CA
©1998 Garry McCarthy