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Keith Sutton: Season of peacocks

Such a thing seems insensible — a camouflage of vivid hues. But in a world illuminated by dancing rays of Amazon sunlight, the peacock bass' metallic complexion is the perfect cloak.

Updated: May 24, 2010, 5:46 PM ET
By Keith Sutton | Special to ESPN Outdoors.com

Despite its brilliant colors, the 28-pound peacock bass is invisible in the coffee-colored water of Brazil's Rio Negro. Its flanks are gilded with lustrous, golden scales slashed with bars of ebony. The crimson fins along its belly glow hot, like iron on a blacksmith's forge.

Such a thing seems insensible — a camouflage of vivid hues. But in a world illuminated by dancing rays of Amazon sunlight, the fish's metallic complexion is the perfect cloak.

The fish waits in ambush, ...

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