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Cabezon, Scorpaenichthys marmoratus

The cabezon is a big sculpin found in Pacific waters from the Baja Peninsula in Mexico to Sitka, Alaska. They are bottom-dwelling, sit-and-wait predators that take advantage of their mottled coloration to hide from unsuspecting prey. Cabezon are taken only incidentally in commercial fisheries, but have a delicate flavor and reach sizes up to 25 pounds. Don't eat the roe, though, because it's poisonous to humans. In Spanish, cabezon means big-headed or stubborn, which well-describes both its appearance and temperament.

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