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A red scorpionfish

An Expert Ambusher

Patiently waiting along a rocky bottom, a scorpionfish is an expert ambusher. They also know how to avoid becoming a menu item for other predators. Their spines contain a venomous poison that can kill unwelcome fish or induce a biting sting in humans. 

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