With only 79 left, according to a recent survey, the spotted hand fish, a bottom-dwelling creature that walks after a fashion on its fins on the sea floor, is in deep trouble. The worrisome count was taken by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), according to reports by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Hobart’s Derwent Estuary, in Tasmanin waters, is the only sanctuary for the hand fish today. Urgent methods to keep the species alive are being planned by researchers due to the alarming hand count.

 

 

“It would be very prudent to think about captive breeding of the fish at this stage. We’re organizing a workshop to cost it out, and see what we can do,” CSIRO researcher Tim Lynch told the newspaper.

Watch the video below, where you can see this fish “walking”:

Local environment changes affecting the fish’s habitat appears to be playing a role in its declining numbers. Researchers also theorize the critically endangered fish’s dire situation is due to a sea star wreaking havoc with its habitat and reproduction efforts. The hand fish uses its habitat to camouflage its eggs and then watches over them. However, the sea star is eating away at the habitat, leaving the hand fish and its eggs vulnerable to predators.

 

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