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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Most Frighteningly Bizarre Ocean Creatures

What comes to your mind if say the savage fish? Shark. You are not wrong, They are the vicious and dangerous iconic water creatures, not only for other mammals as well as for humans. But actually in the sea there are still creatures swim with fins that are not only vicious and dangerous but also has a look that bad and scary. Here are seven of marine animals have strange and frightening appearance,

7. Blobfish
More gelatinous than your grandma’s pudding, the blobfish’s strikingly jiggly appearance has captivated the attention of millions for the past several years. So striking is the mass with fins that just this year it was deemed the world’s ugliest animal. Life isn’t all that bad for this Oceania-dwelling creature, though.
Blobfish. (Picture from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)
As the blobfish’s den is primarily near the bottom of the ocean, the water pressure is understandably high, causing the blobfish’s skin to have the approximate density of water.

6. Viperfish
This fish is one of the most unusual looking ones, and one of the many deep sea fish that can produce their own light through something known as bioluminescence – they use these lights to attract prey and find mates. Its creepishly large teeth are there to chow down on prey and hang on tight.
Viperfish. (Picture from: https://themacaw.wordpress.com/)
Despite the horror-movie-esque look, they only grow up to be about 12 inches. Still, that’s enough to grab onto your leg. Just warning you in case you decide to go deep sea diving.

5. Dragonfish
The dragonfish, again, like many deep sea fish, has a freaking light attached to it — you wish you did, didn’t you?  It’s teeth are massive compared to the size of it’s body (6 inches).
Black Dragonfish. (Picture from:http://flipside.theiet.org/)
Dragonfish are found in all oceans of the world, but the deep sea dragonfish resides mainly in the North and Western Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

4. Goblin Shark
Deemed by some scientists as a “living fossil” and overshadowed by its flashy counterparts, the goblin shark leads a relatively mysterious existence deep below the ocean blue. The only extant survivor of a 125 million-year old family of sharks, the goblin is truly unique…and ugly. Apart from its most salient features (re: its long, flattened snout and protruding jaws), the goblin is relatively unremarkable.
Goblin Shark. (Picture from: http://endlessocean.wikia.com/)
Given its flabbiness, most scientists speculate that the goblin shark is sluggish and relatively inactive. It’s highly unlikely you’ll ever see a goblin shark in your lifetime; when one was brought to an aquarium in Japan, it died soon after.

3. Hatchetfish
Given the extreme depths to which scientists must go to find these frightful–and tiny–fish, little is known about the hatchetfish. Making top models around the world jealous, the morose-looking creatures derive their name from how razor-thin they are. Anatomically speaking, the hatchetfish’s thorax is supposed to resemble the blade of the hatchet, and its cold, silver glint the metal. Their name is somewhat deceiving, though; measuring in at a mere one to five inches in length, the hatchetfish is hardly deadly. It’s just, well, pretty terrifying.
Hatchetfish. (Picture from: http://www.personal.psu.edu/)

2. Fangtooth
Consider the fangtooth fish to be the underwater equivalent of a menacing pitbull with a heart of gold. Despite their threatening appearance, the fangtooth is incredibly benign–especially as its poor eyesight means that if it wants to hunt, the fangtooth quite literally has to bump into its prey in order to find it.
Fangtooth. (Picture from: https://themacaw.wordpress.com/)
Its chompers certainly paint a different portrait, though: protruding from its mouth, in proportion to the fish the fangtooth has the largest teeth of any fish in the ocean. Good luck catching a glimpse of the sharp-mouthed animal: it resides as far as 16,400 feet beneath the sea.

1. Anglerfish
The anglerfish is perhaps one of the most fascinating and bizarre sea creatures known to man. Not only known for their wily predation techniques (re: having a spine that grows its own fleshy mass that the angler can wiggle about so that it resembles prey, and then devouring its soon-to-be predators in one fell swoop) but also for its mating habits. When scientists first discovered the angler, they noticed that almost all of them were female…and that these specimens had what appeared to be some sort of parasitic growth attached to their lower parts.
Anglerfish. (Picture from: http://www.grindtv.com/)
Turns out that those “parasites” were actually just greatly reduced male angler fish, whose puny size renders their sole objective in life to finding and mating with a female. Once they do find a female partner, the male anglers quickly bite into the female’s skin and thus fuses them together. From this point on, the male’s life literally depends on its female host, as they share a circulatory system. When the female is ready to mate, he pays his dues by providing her with sperm on the spot. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE PBH NETWORK | GRIND TV | THE MACAW]
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