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Bizarre Air Breathing Fish!

September 3, 2019


– Wow it is windy out here today so I’m gonna have to
talk loud for the cameras but right now we’re
exploring the mud flats here in Haines, Alaska. There is a water system
pushing its way up through here it’s probably gonna draw in a bunch of really
cool creatures. Lucky for me, I happened
to bring this little net. Let’s head out in there
and see what we can find. Got it, yes! Holy cow the net is
absolutely full of them. Oh no they’re pricking me. (exclaims) (dramatic music) – [Narrator] It doesn’t matter
where in the world you travel as long as you can find a place where the ocean
meets the shoreline, there are tide
pools to be explored and creatures
waiting to be found. Even as far north
as Haines, Alaska. – We’re on a mud flat
right now, the tide is low. Maybe a good chance to
find some creatures, there’s a bunch of little
flies and bugs moving around. Maybe some crabs, could
be some marooned fish let’s head up this way
and see what we can find. I dunno what lives
in these tide pools so I’m just gonna kinda
feel around Raccoon style and see if I can
scoop anything up. Oh look at that. – [Crew Member] Whoa.
– Wow I dunno what those are, yeah they might be little
sand fleas or something. Alright let’s check
out this kelp bed. I would love to find some
sorta little crab in here. Or maybe some fish,
hopefully they don’t bite. – [Narrator] What we are
looking at here are Kelp Isopods and yeah they do bite. – Oh it absolutely stinks, like somewhere between
the ocean and sewage. Gross. Alright let’s keep going. Check this out, I just
flipped over this rock, look at this huge green
worm like creature. – [Crew Member] Is
that a Nereid Worm? – Yeah it is a Nereid Worm, let me get it in some
water and rinse it off. – [Crew Member]
That’s a big one. – Wow, that is a big one, umm
here, back up a little bit. Let me rinse it off. Whoa it’s all green and,
look at that, look at that. – [Crew Member] It’s crazy.
– Wow. Hold on I’m gonna pick
it back up in my hand. Oh it’s slimy. Got it. Wow, that’s a Nereid
Worm right there. It’s like the
caterpillar of the ocean. I have never seen one of
these up in this area, we flipped over many
rocks and this is the first one that we’ve seen. That is wicked looking. – [Crew Member] And
they can swim right? – They can swim,
they can also bite. I’m not sure which
species but look at how iridescent this creature is, emerald in coloration and it’s
just reflecting the sunlight. That is so cool looking. It’s just kinda feeling
around right now, you see his front
pinchers out there. (exclaims) He tried to bite me. – [Crew Member] Did it hurt? – No, it didn’t actually bite but I saw it’s pichers come out. Alright I’m putting
him back under his rock and let’s see what
else we can find. – [Narrator] After a near
bite from a Nereid Worm, it was time we move
on to the next spot. You never know what you
will find at low tide and these pools were alive
with creepy crawlies. – This could be a good rock
to flip, let’s check this out. Whoa, holy cow, look
at this, look at this. Where’d it go, where’d it go. It’s a big Prickleback
Eel, right there. Got it. – [Crew Member]
That’s a good one. – Wow, look at that. – [Narrator] The
rock Prickleback has a distinct eel like
appearance, however, they’re not considered true eels but rather are a
species of bony fish. They range up and
down the Pacific coast and can reach nearly two feet
in length when fully grown. – Yeah he’s just slinking along wanting to get back
into the water. I think If we move in deeper, we’ll find some pockets of water that potentially have
some larger fish. – [Narrator] When the tide
recedes animals will do their best to stay hidden in
the deeper pockets of water. I often find that these
areas yield the best results when attempting to
discover creatures. And whether you are
using your hands, or in this case a small dip net, all it takes is a little
patience and eventually your efforts will pay off. – Guys, guys, we got a
pocket of water up here it’s like alive with fish,
I can’t tell what kind it is but it’s a little bit deeper and I think we can definitely
catch some, come on. Okay I can see ’em
all moving up here in this pocket of water. I’m gonna just bring the net
through, try to keep up with me I’m gonna scoop up
as many as I can. Let’s see how many
I can catch, ready? – [Crew Member] Yep go for it. – Oh yeah I got a tonne
of ’em, check this out. Yes, holy cow man that is
absolutely full of ’em. We get all these weeds out. Wow, and they look like some
type of little Goby species. Oh no they’re pricking me. Look at that, my
net is full of fish. Wow look at that, okay well I’ve caught six of them
in the net and honestly I’m not sure exactly what
species of fish this is. They look like Gobys and
I’m saying that because their head kinda
looks like a tadpole, the body looks like a fish. They also have these
little spikes coming out of the side of their head
that are rather sharp. I’m gonna actually
have to look these up but they are absolutely filling
up these little tide pools, they’re absolutely everywhere. And I could just see them
skidding across the surface because the water is
shallow I was able to just skim the net across and scoop
up, what do I have there, one two three four five six
of them, right now, Wow. – [Narrator] As it turns out, this is actually
a species known as the Pacific Staghorn Sculpin, which gets its name from the
spines on the side of its head which resemble the
antlers of a stag. And while I was excited
to come across this fish they’re incredibly common
in coastal lagoons. – Let’s take a moment
to take a look at just a single one of these fish because
they’re so unique looking. Now if I was a predator
and I were to come in and try to eat this fish,
I imagine those hooks would get stuck in my throat, could potentially
choke me and kill me. And their eyes are
really beautiful, almost looks like a
rainbow design in the pupil and he keeps
puffing up his head. Now if this is a
species of Goby, most Gobys are able to
breathe air out of the water. – [Narrator] Believe
it or not, like a Goby, the Sculpin is also
capable of breathing air. – That’s one cool looking
little ocean creature. And that’s one of the
coolest things about exploring tide
pools, you never know what it is that you’re
gonna come across. I’m Coyote Peterson,
be brave, stay wild, we’ll see on the next adventure. – [Narrator] If you thought
this adventure at low tide was exciting, make sure
to go back and watch as we found and got up close
with a giant black Sea Hare. And don’t forget, subscribe so
you can join me and the crew on our next big adventure. – I can feel him
gripping onto my arm, I mean I can feel him actually,
like, wrapping around me and I can feel his little
tongue under there, can’t bite right? – [Guest Presenter] No,
these guys are vegetarians they mostly eat algae and kelp. (animal noises)

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