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Sculpins

Cabezon

Scorpaenichthys marmoratus

        
(1-2,7: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 3-4: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 5-6,8-9: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Juveniles are often kelp-colored:
     
(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 2,4-5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 3: Lovers Point, Monterey)

These ones are guarding masses of purple eggs:
  
(1: McAbee Beach, Monterey / 2-3: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Those bulgy eyes can rotate independently, like geckos' eyes:
(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Coralline Sculpin

Artedius corallinus

       
(1-2,5: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 3-4,6-8: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Sailfin Sculpin

Nautichthys oculofasciatus

(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

This is a juvenile, about an inch long:
  
(1-3: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Snubnose Sculpin

Orthonopias triacis

       
(1-2,7: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 3: Lovers Point, Monterey / 4-6,8: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)

Snout is shorter than the width of the eye.