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The Stargazer is an ambush predator that hunts at night.  It buries itself in the sandy bottom, creating a shallow depression with only its "face" exposed.  The fish will remain completely motionless -- a fixture in the bottom.  Until an edible-size fish seeks refuge in its sandy depression.  Then: Meal time.  What surprises many divers is the Stargazer's long tongue -- revealed when it "grabs" a meal.  This shot was triggered when the stargazer grabbed a passing small fish.  The strike was too fast to catch all the action, but notice the curl of tongue still exposed.

The Stargazer is an ambush predator that hunts at night. It buries itself in the sandy bottom, creating a shallow depression with only its "face" exposed. The fish will remain completely motionless -- a fixture in the bottom. Until an edible-size fish seeks refuge in its sandy depression. Then: Meal time. What surprises many divers is the Stargazer's long tongue -- revealed when it "grabs" a meal. This shot was triggered when the stargazer grabbed a passing small...
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