Handfish

ENDANGERED

The Spotted Handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus) is one of the most endangered species in the world. It has highly adapted pectoral fins that enable it to walk on the ocean floor. The Spotted Handfish is only found in and around the estuary of the Derwent River in Tasmania. Their preferred diet is small shellfish, shrimp, and polychaete worms (bleuch!). You might wonder what a polychaete worm is. They are also called bristle worms because of the fleshy parts that come out of their bodies. I wonder if they are itchy to swallow?

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