Plenty of (Weird) Fish in the Sea

Posted on: 12.18.2014 in interact

Scientists recently filmed, for the first time ever, a rare “black sea devil” anglerfish swimming in its natural habitat, some 1,900 feet deep in the Monterey canyon. It was a unique sighting given that only fewer than six of these creatures have been filmed in action. But there are plenty of other weird-looking creatures lurking beneath the ocean’s surface — meet a few in our slideshow below:

Blobfish
Blobfish

Blobfish

Named recently "the world's ugliest animal," this blobby, jelly-like tadpole is very rare to spot as it lives in very deep water off the coast of Australia. Blobfish only grows to about 12 inches and floats above the sea floor so it doesn't have to spend a lot of energy swimming.

Deep Sea Viperfish
Deep Sea Viperfish

Deep Sea Viperfish

This scary-looking fish has big protruding teeth and lives in the depths of the sea -- as deep as 5000 ft! Although relatively small, up to 30 cm in length, viperfish can be pretty pesky and can unhinge its upper jaw to feed on larger prey.

Frilled Shark
Frilled Shark

Frilled Shark

Humans rarely encounter frilled sharks, which prefer to remain in the oceans' depths, up to 5,000 feet below the surface. Considered living fossils, frilled sharks bear many physical characteristics of ancestors who swam the seas in the time of the dinosaurs.

Longhorn Cowfish
Longhorn Cowfish

Longhorn Cowfish

You can easily recognize this funny-looking fish by the two pairs of long horns on its head -- much like a bull. Longhorn cowfish inhabit the Red Sea off East Africa and eastward through Indonesia.

Fangtooth Moray
Fangtooth Moray

Fangtooth Moray

Bright yellow in color and boasting an elongated jaw filled with many "glasslike" teeth, this scary eel can reach up to four feet in length and can be found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, around the Canary Islands and Madeira.

Vampire Squid
Vampire Squid

Vampire Squid

Deepwater vampire squid is about a foot long, has eight arms (plus an additional pair of arms tucked into pockets). Its eyes are very often seen as red, and for its size, the vampire squid has proportionally the largest eyes of any animal in the world! Vampire squid typically lives in water that is no more than 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wolffish
Wolffish

Wolffish

Reaching five feet long, the Atlantic wolffish (also known as devil fish) inhabits coastal depths of up to 1,600 feet below the sea surface. Wolffish produces natural antifreeze to keep its blood moving even in very cold waters.

Fangtooth Fish
Fangtooth Fish

Fangtooth Fish

Living at about 6,500 feet, and being found even at 16,500 feet below the ocean surface, fangtooth fish is considered the deepest-living fish ever discovered! At only six inches long, Fangtooth fish has the largest teeth ( in proportion to its body size) of any existing fish put there.

comments

  1. Abigail

    Lolz, these fish look so weird! Frilled sharks are very lucky to still be alive, and the fish that lives 16500 feet under the surface??? Cool!

  2. Theo

    These fish are super cool!

  3. Jared romang

    I,ve. Never seen that kind of fish in my life

  4. Aaron Garcia

    The blob fish is the weirdest looking fish i’ve ever seen.

  5. jonathan

    these fish look awesome

  6. noah

    wolffish looks dirpy

  7. jade

    nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope

  8. sarah

    the blob fish looks like my dad

  9. athony

    those fishes are weird but the frilled shark i never heard about

    • brit225

      i want wone ive seen it be for cause ive been to astrelua

  10. Autumn

    This is really odd looking fish. But are cool. XD

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