The Cryptid Zoo: Mirapinna and other Hairy Fish - hairy fish

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hairy fish - Caulophryne polynema - Wikipedia


The hairy frogfish is a type of fish that’s covered in spines. These spines, which resemble strands of hair, allow the marine animal to camouflage itself against coral and seaweed. Found mostly in warm waters around the world, the hairy frogfish can also change its color to blend in with its surroundings. Caulophryne polynema is a species of fish in the family Caulophrynidae, the fanfins. It is known commonly as the hairy fanfin. It is native to the Atlantic and eastern Pacific Oceans. It occurs off the eastern coast of North America across to Africa and as far north as Iceland.Family: Caulophrynidae.

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When investigated, hairy fish generally seem to be jokes, but there are some hairy fish that have provoked serious debates and investigation in the field of cryptozoology. People from the Azores Islands have reported a hairy fish with enlongated wing-like fins, called the mirapinna or Azores hairy fish.