Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:01 PM
Posted 12 April 2014 - 01:56 PM
Posted 12 April 2014 - 02:24 PM
Posted 12 April 2014 - 08:17 PM
The reluctance of the fish to leave the area led me to believe it.
In my experience this is pretty standard behavior for sculpins whether or not they are guarding eggs (at least for the species I have been around). They seem to have a very limited flight response, often standing their ground until they are touched, and then not fleeing very far. It seems their strategy to avoid predation is to stay still and rely on camouflage. The behavior is probably also related to being an ambush predator. They are one of the few natives that will sometimes tolerate gentle handling. They are quite easy to photograph as well.
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