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Images of bizarre bright 'painted' fish go viral

By T.K. Randall
June 27, 2020 · Comment icon 10 comments

This is one strange looking fish. Image Credit: YouTube / Fishing Gang Azusa
The team behind a Japanese fishing YouTube channel recently posted up images of their latest peculiar catch.
Looking more like something out of a cartoon or video game than an actual real-life animal, this incredible bright blue, green and pink fish was caught last week by the folks over at Fishing Gang Azusa - a Japanese fishing channel that has been running for around three years.

The unique catch soon attracted a lot of attention after the team posted up images of it on Twitter.
Skeptics questioning the authenticity of the pictures soon changed their tune after being redirected to the original video which shows the fish being caught, reeled in and then released back into the sea.

It turns out that the fish, far from being a fake, is a very real species known as a surge wrasse (or Thalassoma purpureum) which can be found in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

While not a typical target of commercial fishing, it has proven a popular inclusion in aquariums.

Source: YouTube | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 4 years ago
Mother Nature paints more beautifully than Salvador Dalí.
Comment icon #2 Posted by quiXilver 4 years ago
I you enjoy this, you should look underwater at a coral reef in the ultraviolet spectrum...
Comment icon #3 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
I need to contact the others. The decoy has been discovered.....
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by papageorge1 4 years ago
I was just watching a show talking about some weird versions of sea creatures popping up since the Japanese nuclear disaster dumped radioactive water into the sea. Some mutations can seem positive I guess. Not sure if that has anything to do with this particular fish of course.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Orphalesion 4 years ago
Now that's one beautiful, fabulous fish!   What? No it doesn't. If you read the article it points out that this species of fish is called Thalassoma purpureum and just looks that way.
Comment icon #7 Posted by papageorge1 4 years ago
I understood that but I was suggesting that this particular one was vibrant beyond even that specie's norm. Just totally speculating. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Orphalesion 4 years ago
Except no, google the species, there's a lot of pictures of them being vibrant like that.
Comment icon #9 Posted by InconceivableThoughts 4 years ago
Comment icon #10 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
I've seen plenty of this fish during my time on islands, they're not easy to hook with lures on a line and rod but it's not unheard of, just rare that they gets reeled in. I'm just curious if it's common there in Okinawa, not exactly a tropical reef environment.  ~  

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