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STRANGEST Fish On Earth!

STRANGEST Fish On Earth!

From aquatic species resemblant of mythological
creatures to the deep-sea monsters of the deep, today we look at the Strangest Fish
On Earth. Number 13. Porcupinefish
Also referred to as blowfish, balloonfish, globefish or pufferfish, these fish are a
slow-swimming and relatively small family of fish that make their homes in tropical
and shallow temperate waters around the world. Porcupinefish are most notable for their ability
to double in size via inflation and their spines that protrude outward. Some, but not all, species are poisonous,
containing a neurotoxin that’s 1,200 times the potency of cyanide! Number 12. Dragonfish
A long snout and large, winged, pectoral fins make it fairly obvious what inspired the name
of this tiny fish. Native to the tropical region connecting the
Indian and Pacific Oceans, dragonfish stay relatively close to the sea floor, using pelvic
fins to glide, and almost walk, across the sandy bottom. Like aardvarks, this creature’s elongated
mouth is used to reach into holes and crevices, sucking out whatever worms or other invertebrates
it can find for sustenance. Though specific species are called dragonfish,
this family of aquatic animals are also known as seamoths, and their latin name “Pegasidae”
was given in reference to the Greek myth of the Pegasus, showing that they resemble more
than just underwater dragons. They’ve even been referred to as sea moths,
a name that fits the creature’s propensity to molt their skin in the same way moth larvae
molt before forming cocoons. And just like a moth, the dragonfish’s wing-like
fins are just as varied as they are mesmerizing, with each individual fish brandishing a unique
pattern all their own. Number 11. Dendritic Jawfish
This member of the jawfish family is small, mean-looking, and perhaps surprisingly, a
great parent! The dendritic jawfish belongs to the overarching
jawfish family and can be found in the Asian Pacific with an ecosystem that stretches from
North Borneo to the Philippines. Typically seen living in solitude, this big-mouthed
fish hides among rock-lined burrows among sand and rubble reefs at a maximum of 131
feet below the surface. They only grow to about 10 inches. What makes the dendritic jawfish especially
interesting isn’t the size of its body, but rather its mouth. Like all jawfish, this species has a massive
maw in proportion to its body. While this allows for catching bigger prey,
as well as an iconic frown, this creature makes the most of its mouth by using it to
incubate their own eggs! Number 10. Frogfish
Specializing in seamlessly melding into their surroundings, frogfish are masters of disguise
thanks to their unique camouflage. Short and plump, the amphibian comparison
in their common name seems apt, but this creature is unique on its own. There are many different species of frogfish
that can be found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world, populating the Atlantic,
Pacific, and Indian oceans. Some sport a layer of algae, some can alter
their coloration and texture, and some are even covered in long, hair-like spinules to
help them become one with the exotic flora of the sea floor. Here they lie in wait for their next meal
as small members of the anglerfish family, wriggling a concealed lure to entice their
would-be prey. Number 9. Sawfish
Though it may look like the kind of fish you might see in a cartoon or comic book, sawfish
are very real animals with an amazing appendage. Growing up to 20 feet in length and over 13
hundred pounds, these great fish are equipped with a saw-like rostrum that composes between
a quarter and a third of its entire body length. Adorning each side of the protrusion are a
row of teeth and sawfish use this to slash at prey, hoping to incapacitate them before
moving in for the coup de grâce. They also employ their sharp rostrum in self-defense,
thrashing the saw back and forth as potential predators attempt to make a meal of the sawfish. In addition its rostrum, this sharp swimmer
also employs electroreception, or the ability to sense electric fields, allowing for better
monitoring of other fish. Number 8. Lizardfish
Slinking along the bottom of oceans around the globe, this bottom-dweller has a mouth
stuffed with sharp teeth and a flat angular face, forming its reptilian look. Lizardfish generally grow to a maximum of
2 feet in length and live up to 1,300 feet below the surface, though most species stick
to shallow coasts in their search for food. With an insatiable hunger, they prowl the
sandy floor for anything it can tear into, hiding among natural cover thanks to its scaleless,
camouflaged skin. As the lizardfish moves in on its prey, keeping
low to the sea bottom, its large mouth expands to shred whatever it can find and fit in its
jaw. This fish is so vicious, it even has razor
sharp teeth on its tongue! There are 15 different species of lizardfish
alive today, and many more prehistoric ancestors discovered in recent years. Number 7. Asian Sheeps head Wrasse [rass]
Known locally as a kobudai [KOH-boo-dye], the Asian sheeps head wrasse [rass] can be
recognized by its bulbous jaw and forehead. It’s gained popularity in recent years as
it appeared in the popular nature show Blue Planet in 2017, known most prominently for
being a hermaphroditic species. Fitted with both male and female reproductive
organs, the strange looking fish has the ability to change to fill whatever role is needed
to reproduce. Mostly found in the Pacific Ocean near the
Korean Peninsula, Japan, and China, this wrasse [rass] can reach over 3 feet in length and
weigh up to 32 pounds and is valued as a delicacy among locals. But not everyone views them as food. One story out of Japan tells of a diver who
nursed the Asian sheepshead wrasse [rass], named “Yoriko” to health after finding it
injured, and has established a 25-year-long relationship with the fish. He cares for it to this day, summoning it
with a bell from an underwater Shinto shrine near Japan’s Tateyama [tah-tay-yama] Bay. Number 6. Oarfish
Like a living sea serpent, the oarfish is characterized by its long, sleek, scaleless
body and a pompadour-esque crest that tapers back into a massive dorsal fin. There are three species of oarfish with the
largest being the giant oarfish, which can reach lengths of 36 feet! This makes them the longest bony fish known
to man, and in consistency with such great size, they can weigh as much as 600 pounds. Oarfish inhabit the middle ocean layers, from
660 feet to 3,300 feet below surface level, where there is little to no current. As a result of no natural current, oarfish
don’t accumulate a lot of muscle and subsequently can’t survive the turbulence of surface waters. Number 5. Stargazer
With a pair of soulless, beady eyes atop it’s head and a wide, mean grimace stretching across
its upturned jaw, stargazers are a family of fish eternally afflicted with a nasty resting
fish face. Their upward-facing eyes are perfectly attuned
for its sea-floor ambushing tactics as these aquatic nightmares will submerge themselves
beneath the sand for concealment. As prey passes overhead, the stargazer will
shoot up and snatch it inside of its gaping mouth. They are comparably small to humans, but they
don’t pose any less threat. With a pair of big, venomous spines on their
back, combined with a camouflage strategy, stepping on one of these fish can be an excruciating,
dangerous experience. If that wasn’t enough, two species can even
deliver electric shocks…in addition to venom! This is one case of a fish being just as mean
as it looks. Number 4. Lancetfish
Found in every ocean, with the exception of the waters surrounding the polar seas, the
lancetfish is the remnant of another era. Belonging to the genus Alepisaurus, which
translates to “scaleless lizard” in Latin, this six and a half-foot beast can look more
like a prehistoric monster than a modern deep-sea predator. Nonetheless, they can be found living more
than 65 hundred feet below the surface, and are often scooped up alongside tuna by fishing
vessels all over. Lancetfish will eat nearly anything, including
each other, which is probably why they’ve mostly been observed living solitary lives. At the same time, they often are found playing
the part of prey within the stomachs of sharks, albacore, and fur seals among other creatures. Number 3. Goblin Shark
With a lineage stretching back more than 125 million years, this grisly hunter is often
thought of as a “living fossil”. The Goblin Shark’s prominent snout and protruding,
separated jaws filled with scattered needle-like teeth have inspired its name. Reaching lengths of 10 to 13 feet, these beasts
have a soft, chubby body with fairly small fins, suggesting a slow and lethargic lifestyle. Goblin sharks make their home among continental
slopes and submarine canyons around the world, at depths of more than 330 feet, prowling
for crustaceans, cephalopods, and fish to feed on. As it approaches its prey, the goblin shark
will use a unique natural mechanism in which its upper and lower jaw will shoot forward
to snatch quick moving prey as they attempt to escape! Number 2. Hagfish
Though they may look like eels, these slime-coated creatures are actually a jawless, spineless
fish that’s roamed the seas, fairly unchanged, for 300 million years! Despite not having a jaw or spine, the hagfish
still maintains a cartilaginous skull, which houses its horizontal-moving mouth. On average, the hagfish grows around 19 to
20 inches long, though the largest specimen on record was over 4 feet! They feed on larger fish by using their spiky,
comb-like teeth to burrow into the creature, eating it from the inside-out. If that’s not gruesome enough, should a hagfish
feel threatened, it reserves the defense mechanism of secreting up to 5 gallons of gooey, protein-packed
mucus from around 100 glands on its body. Though it assists in escaping predators, this
slime has recently been under investigation as a potential resource in the development
of body armor! Number 1. Blobfish
Viewed by most as one of the ugliest animals in the world, the blobfish looks like something
out of a nightmare…or out of a used piece of tissue. But this unseemly swimmer can’t help how it
looks or the gross, fleshy feel of its body. Afterall, these attributes help it survive! The blobfish’s saggy, drooping, pale look
comes from the intense conditions it experiences between 2 and 4 thousand feet below sea level. Its gelatinous, boneless physique allows the
blobfish to survive 120 times the pressure of the surface, a level of force that would
crush a human. In this environment, though, the monstrous
blobfish just looks like an everyday fish!

8 comments on “STRANGEST Fish On Earth!

  1. Thank you for sharing your video. I have seen all the other fish. But this is the first time . I got to see a lizard fish.

  2. Since I have only seen out of water pictures,as of yet , of the blob fish. I can only assume you would be correct in proclaiming under the enourmous pressure of the depths it is found at, it would be a little more compressed , therefore making it appear more "normal".

  3. Like some says fish are friends not food..😁
    Those were cool fishes indeed..
    Thank you for sharing another awesome content..πŸ’–

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