The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

Weird, strange, bizarre and unknown fish and sea creatures:

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

1. The common fangtooth, or Anoplogaster cornuta, is a small, deep-sea fish with some of the largest teeth in the ocean, proportional to its size.

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

2. The aptly-named blobfish is now in danger of being wiped out. The bloated bottom dweller, which can grow up to 12 inches, lives at depths of up to 900m making it rarely seen by humans. But thanks to increasing fishing of the seas Down Under, the fish is being dragged up with other catches. Despite being inedible, the blobfish unluckily lives at the same depths as other more appetizing ocean organisms, including crab and lobster.

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

3. The obese dragonfish is a deep-water-dwelling fish with bioluminescent capabilities. Photophores, or light producing organs, cover the fish in rows and below both eyes.

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

4. A male jawfish is seen with eggs in his mouth in the Philippines. After mating, the female jawfish gives the eggs to the male. The fish are known as mouthbreeders.

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

5. The tassled scorpionfish in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific is a venomous, carnivorous fish.

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

6. Frogfish, seen here in Bali, Indonesia, are found in tropical and subtropical oceans and are a type of anglerfish. They use mimicry and camouflage to either hide from predators or look like a potential meal for their prey. They are scaleless and usually have unusual shapes and textures.

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

7. A young box fish is seen off Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. The fish are shaped like a box and are brighter when younger. As they age, they turn blue-gray in color.

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

8. Coffinfish are deep-sea fish with a short bioluminescent lure on their first dorsal fin that dangles forward over the mouth.

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

9. A recently discovered fish named 'psychedelica,' which bounces on the ocean floor like a rubber ball, is shown in the waters off Ambon Island, Indonesia. The frogfish – which has a swirl of tan and peach zebra stripes that extend from its aqua eyes to its tail – was initially discovered by scuba diving instructors working for a tour operator in shallow waters. The fish, like other frogfish, has fins on both sides of its body that have evolved to be leglike.

The 10 Weirdest Fish In The Ocean

10. Alligator Gar. This prehistoric-looking fish is a popular target for anglers, especially in south central U.S. They can grow over eight feet in length and weigh over 300 pounds, and put up an excellent fight, whether by rod-and-reel or by bowfishing. The alligator gar is so named because of their mouth, which resemble the elongated snout and teeth of the large reptile. Not only are they a worthy foe for anglers and bowfishers, they are a tough fish in general, as they can survive outside of water for upwards of two hours. Their flesh is considered a delicacy in the U.S.

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