Animals Video

By Ellie Duncombe 

A deadly stonefish has been caught camouflaging under a coral reef while it hunts for prey.

Vital Bazarov, from Egypt, was diving in the Red Sea last month when he spotted the stone fish and decided to film it.


The stonefish known as a Scorpaenidae is one of the most venomous species that stings its prey.

Vital was thrilled to have his camera on him that day as it was one of the largest stone fish he’d ever seen.


He added: “I was about 23 metres under the sea when I met this stone fish, it was more than 50cm longer than I’d seen before.

“Most stonefish wait in disguise for prey to pass them by before swallowing, while lionfish often ambush their prey.”