This little fish can rapidly change color, texture and pattern in order to blend into its environment.
Filefish have a thickened first dorsal fin spine. During displays with other fish, particularly other filefish, they erect these to increase size and posture to rivals or potential partners.
The sea fan is from a trip to PR. My partner is Puerto Rican, so on every trip to see family I walk the beach looking for dead bits.
4" x 4" wood canvas panel.
Comes strung with picture wire for hanging.
This fish was accidental bycatch from the fishing industry. Instead of just being tossed back dead, it was salvaged for art.