Kelp forests of Southern Pacific have their smiling face. It’s Eastern Kelpfish Chironemus marmoratus hiding in the shadows of the forest in shallow water. The fish is a bottom dweller, it’s heavier than water, it often sits on the bottom or kelp “leaves”. I usually notice slight movement at the edge of my field of vision … and there it is. The smiling face waiting. For some reason it likes to get photographed and to play with divers so enjoy its company when you meet it.
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