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Hitchhiking on a Star

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 15, 2012 07:00 AM
You're a juvenile fish stranded out in the middle of no where, with nothing but muddy sand for miles around. What do you do? You hitchhike on a starfish! This video shows how baby frogfish and lionfish play the hand they're dealt.
Hitchhiking on a Star

A half inch lionfish riding a star!

When no rocks or corals are around, you seek shelter wherever you can. Tiny (and I mean tiny) lionfish, dwarf lionfish, and frogfish hitch a ride on Chocolate Chip Starfish (Protoreaster nodosus) in the silty bay of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. We've seen animals hitch rides on large creatures like sharks, Mola Molas, and sea turtles, but sea stars?

Read about the unbridled excitement of the divers upon their serendipitous discovery over at . Can you blame them?  This is way too cool!  

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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