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The Spinnerfish is a fauna species of Subnautica: Below Zero. It was originally shown in concept art for the first Subnautica, but has now been repurposed as a Below Zero creature.

Appearance

The Spinnerfish has a roughly spherical body with six fleshy protrusions sticking out at 60 degree intervals down the midline. The larger portion of the body is pink and covered with pale-blue patches. The rest of the body is coloured yellow.

A pair of small eyes with black pupils and blue and green sclerae are situated towards the front and above each eye are three siphons through which water is pumped for movement.

Behavior

The Spinnerfish is a small herbivorous prey species with a peculiar method of swimming. Rather than using fins to propel itself through the water, the Spinnerfish instead uses three pairs of siphons on either side of its body for jet propulsion. As these jets are angled downwards the Spinnerfish spins around vertically when moving. What benefit this provides is unknown.

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Spinner Fish Ency

A bizarre fish with star-like fins which it spins to generate propulsion.

  • Capable of very high speeds in a straight line
  • Slow, wide turning circle
  • Like other small prey fish they feed on a variety of seeds and grasses around the seabed

Assessment: Edible

Design

The Spinnerfish's appearance was likely inspired by the larval form of the ocean sunfish.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Spinnerfish was first shown in the concept art of Subnautica's Sand Shark.