These Yellow-lined Goatfish can change colors if they need to.
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There are several types of fish in the oceans. One kind is the goatfish. Why is it called a goatfish? Because it looks like a goat!
Have you ever seen a goat? If so, it may have had a small beard. Well, a goatfish has special tissues called barbels. These barbels hang from the fish's chin, so the fish looks like a goat! The barbels help the fish find food in the ocean floor.
Goatfish can also change colors. If they need to get away from danger, they change colors and hide!
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