National Geographic : 1952 Oct
0 National Geographic Society 462 Needlefish May Be More Graceful, but Lowly Scorpionfish Tastes Better Like a stone skimmed by a boy, a needlefish ricochets across the water in 30-foot hops. Needlefish apparently leap sometimes to elude pursuers, sometimes just for fun. Spines bristling, the scorpionfish (below) looks too ugly to be edible, but he forms the main ingredient of the celebrated French chowder, bouillabaisse. This artful deceiver camouflages himself against sand and gorgonians. Two minutes earlier he blushed a deep red to blend with a different background.