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”:
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