Sunday, December 4, 2016

ZooWeird 4

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

Armored Sea Robin [from Wikipedia]: The armored searobins, or armored gurnards are a family, Peristediidae, of scorpaeniform fishes found in deep waters around the world, with most species in tropical regions. They are related to the searobins in the family Triglidae, and some authorities classify them in that family, but they are encased in heavy scales with prominent spines. They have prominent and often elaborate barbels [slender, whiskerlike tactile organs] on their chins.

He looks a little strange, this fish—
Those little barbels out in front
That make the clueless fish all wish
They could avoid this deadly hunt.

But “weird,” we know, lies in the eyes
Of those who walk and fly and swim.
And it is really no surprise
That I look purely weird to him!

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