For me one of the hardest of all the scorpion fish’s to find is this one, the Leaf or Leafy Scorpion. Why is it so hard to find, when other species like bearded and devils literally turn up everywhere, good question, I don’t know the answer, just that their rarity makes them a very exciting opportunity when spotted.
Leaf Scorpion can come in a variety of colors, I’ve seen two ever, one white (this one) and a yellow one, which was jammed into the side of a barrel sponge and photos were not possible. They can malt their skin every 7 – 14 days and with the malt like to change colors to match their surroundings. They can be, green, red, pink, brown, ocher, white and yellowish. So their is probably no such thing as racism between Leafy Scorpions ;)
Thankfully this little guy was hanging out in some blue tube corals. He was actually rocking up and down like a See Saw, his feet (pectoral fins) were the fixed point, than up and down he would go, hiding his face in the corals, making a photo pointless. So for this shot I had to wait, wait and wait some more for him to be in the right position, with his head clearly removed from the coral structure. Getting a photo of him yawning was just a bonus really, he happened to open his mouth while at the apex of one of his swings. Win for me, win for you!