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Slimy Sculpin (Cottus cognatus)

It's the Easter fish! Okay, maybe not. The slimy sculpin does not serve as a traditional holiday icon, but its movement in the water is reminiscent of the fabled bunny. Lacking a swim bladder (the organ enabling vertical movement of fish in water), the slimy sculpin traverses the rock and gravel floors of its habitat by "hopping" along through brackish waters. Despite this inability to swim as freely as other fish, this sculpin is a successful ambush attacker, jumping on insects, crustaceans, and other fish when it sees the opportunity. Although potentially entertaining, the bunny-like gait of the slimy sculpin also makes the fish vulnerable. Larger predators often take advantage of this fish's clunky gait, which has inspired fishermen to tie fly patterns imitating its likeness.

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