Animals Video

By Ellie Duncombe

An underwater photographer saw past the disguise of an unusual looking fish who camouflages into its environment so well it is virtually invisible.


Vital Bazarov, a professional in the field of amateur and technical diving, was on a solo dive in the Gulf of Aqaba, Eygpt, when he somehow managed to spot the sly little swimmer.

The official name for the camouflage fish is a Inimicus filamentosus and they use their yellow, grey and brown colouring, as well as their strange body shape to disguise themselves in the sandy seabed and coral.

Vital said: “It was unusual to find it in the day because it’s night time fish and the species is also very rare.

“This coloration acts as a camouflage which renders them extremely difficult to detect in their natural habitat.

“The skin is without scales except along the lateral line, and is covered with venomous spines and wartlike glands which give it a knobby appearance.

“They typically lies partially buried on the sea floor or on a coral head during the day, covering itself with sand and other debris to further camouflage itself.

Vital has been working in the diving field for many years and has completed more than 5,000 dives.

He particularly enjoys capture videos of marine wildlife.

He said: “The Red Sea is one of the best places for an underwater photographer, but to get the best shots it is important to dive alone.”