Via BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND (TVNZ) – One man’s visit to New Zealand’s Bay of islands ended with an unusual discovery.
James Beuvink travels to the Bay of Islands every summer for a snorkeling trip.
But this year’s trip resulted in him seeing something new to him, a fish with legs. The curious creature is a frogfish, a type of anglerfish, and is an unusual sight in New Zealand.
The fish can not only walk but also possesses a strong bite that’s quite quick. Its jaws’ speed is compared to that of a 22-caliber bullet.
While the fish are not strong swimmers, scientist Andrew Stewart says the fish likely arrived in New Zealand waters as a result of being pushed down from the tropics during storms.