Marbled Snailfish
(Liparis dennyl)

image of a Marbled Snailfish

Image ID: 154-01

Comments : This little fish is a find. This is the first of this species I have noted on over 200 cold water dives. They are usually found much deeper (well beyond the limits of divers), but I was lucky enough to find this critter at 80 feet. When lying on the bottom, it "curls up" and wraps its tail around its head.
Common name : Marbled Snailfish
Scientific Name : Liparis dennyl
Location Found : Three Tree Point, Central Puget Sound
Actual Size : 8 inches
Camera Used : Sea & Sea MMII EX w/1->3T macro
Natural History :