They won’t win a beauty contest but these rock fish make great soup, especially bouillabaisse. Other French names for racasse (scorpion fish) include Grande rascasse rouge, chapon, scorpeno, badasco, escourpe (Provence), cappone (Corsica), escorpe (Roussillon), and capoun (Languedoc).
Watch out: the spines are poisonous if you're pricked by one.
Rascasse blanche or uranoscope or Atlantic stargazer is another fish that might end up in the soup pot; it’s a bottom feeder and a rare sea creature able to generate an electric shock.
Images by Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble, Roberto Pillon