Ocean sunfish, Mola mola
Ocean sunfish, Mola mola. . Handcolored copperplate stipple engraving from Jussieu's Dictionnaire des Sciences Naturelles 1816-1830. Illustration by J.G. Pretre, engraved by Massard, directed by Turpin, and published by F. G. Levrault. Jean Gabriel Pretre (1780-1845) was painter of natural history at Empress Josephine's zoo and later became artist to the Museum of Natural History.
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Spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari)
Spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari), normally shy but will occasionally approach divers out of curiosity. Possesses short stinging spine at base of long whip-like tail which can reach three times the disc width. Has plate-like teeth that crush shellfish, clams, oysters, whelks and other large molluscs. Can leap well clear of the water; a powerful fighter when caught on a line. Northern New South Wales, Australia
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A Largemouth Bass swims amonst Strap-leaf sagittaria on the river bottom
A Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) swims aamongst grass on the river bottom in the crystal clear freshwaters of Rainbow Springs in Dunnellon, Florida. The grass, Sagittaria kurziana, is commonly referred to as Strap-leaf sagittaria. Strap-leaf sagittaria is a submersed plant, unlike most other Sagittaria.
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