Jon Chamberlain - Researcher in Computer Science and Marine Biology

Jon Chamberlain - Researcher in Computer Science and Marine Biology

Picture of a Seagrass Ghost Pipefish taken in Thailand 2007

Ghostpipefish

Very hard to find due to their size and camouflage, this Seagrass Ghostpipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus) was found by our dive guide Simon at Elephant Rock, Similian Islands, Thailand. It took a moment or two to even see what he was pointing at.

Horsing around

Ghostpipefishes are related to pipefishes and seahorses, essentially looking like a cross between the two. They never grow longer than 15cm and swam motionlessly, upside-down, feeding on tiny crustaceans.

Camouflage

Like their related species, ghostpipefish are masters of camouflage, often changing colour and shape to match the rocks, coral or seaweed to minimise their visibility.
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