Manta rays are large rays belonging to the genus Manta. The larger species, M. birostris, reaches 7 m (23 ft 0 in) in width while the smaller, M. alfredi, reaches 5.5 m (18 ft 1 in). Both have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and large, forward-facing mouths. Mantas are found in warm temperate, subtropical and tropical waters. Both species are pelagic; M. birostris migrates across open oceans, singly or in groups, while M. alfredi tends to be resident and coastal. They…

Scorpaenopsis diabolus, the false stonefish or the devil scorpionfish, is a carnivorous ray-finned fish in the order Scorpaeniformes, the scorpionfishes and flatheads. It has venomous spines and lives in the tropical Indianand Pacific Oceans. It is a bottom-dwelling predator that relies on its camouflage to catch passing prey. The false stonefish has a broad head with a wide mouth, a humped back, and a tapering body, and…

Frogfishes (Antennariidae), are small, short and stocky, and sometimes covered in spinules and other appendages to aid in camouflage. The camouflage aids in protection from predators and enables them to lure prey. Many species can change colour; some are covered with other organisms such as algae or hydrozoa. In keeping with this camouflage, frogfishes typically…

Ready to have your mind blown? BBC is set to release a sequel to the award-winning 2001 ocean documentary Blue Planet in early 2018 and here’s your first peek. If you thought the first one was stunning over 15 years ago, just wait until you catch a glimpse of the second one, set to release…