Officials with PINS posted a photo on Facebook Monday morning of a sargassum fish that washed up on the beach a few weeks ago and was discovered by a visitor.
Turns out, the sargassum fish is an ambush predator as well as a cannibal. One fish “was found to have 16 juveniles in its stomach,” according to MissionBlue.org.
PINS officials said the sargassum fish “lives in the seaweed beds out in the Gulf of Mexico” and blends into the seaweed due to its unique coloring.
The sargassum fish can also change color for extra camouflage and “is able to stealthily snatch unsuspecting prey from the water,” according to the Facebook post.
Don’t worry, the Florida Museum reports that the only danger to humans from these fish is due to the ingestion of “the toxin ciguatoxin, which found on the flesh of the fish.” So if you find one, don’t eat it.