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The beaked sandfish (Gonorhynchus gonorhynchus) is adapted to spend its days in the substrate on the seabed, hiding in the sand or mud. They leave the safety of their hiding places at night to feed on invertebrates that live on the seabed. Because they lack teeth, their mouths are surrounded by papillae (sensory flaps) that help it to find food. As the second photo depicts, they have excellent camouflage that allows them to blend in almost perfectly with the sand along the ocean floor, which has benefits for hunting down prey and for avoiding predators.
Location: Indian and western Pacific waters from the Persian Gulf to northern Australia
Fun facts: The beaked sea snake’s bite contains enough venom to kill as many as fifty people (roughly twice as much as the most venomous terrestrial snakes). Because this snake lives in shallow water and eats shrimp, it’s particularly susceptible to being caught in shrimp-trawling nets.