7 Of The Most Frighteningly Bizarre Ocean Creatures

September 27, 2013
Bizarre Ocean Creatures Hatchet Fish

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Bizarre Ocean Creatures: The Hatchetfish

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Given the extreme depths to which scientists must go to find these frightful–and tiny–fish, little is known about the hatchetfish. A prime source of worldwide model envy, the morose-looking creatures derive their name from how razor-thin they are, no extreme dieting required.

Anatomically speaking, the hatchetfish’s silver-colored thorax resembles a hatchet’s blade. Its name is somewhat deceiving, though; measuring a mere one to five inches in length, the hatchetfish is hardly imposing, let alone deadly. It’s just, well, pretty terrifying to look at.

The marine hatchetfish is endowed with bioluminescent properties, which allow it to evade predators lurking in the depths below. If you absolutely must see one for yourself, you’ll need to slip on your scuba gear and head to the Pacific, Indian or Atlantic Oceans and swim at least 50 meters below the oceans’ surface, as that’s where the hatchetfish calls home.

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The Barreleye Fish’s Amazing Transparent Head

September 25, 2013

Aptly known as the spook fish, this translucent ocean dweller’s telescope-like eyes face directly upward to keep an eye on potential prey. To enhance its vision, the barreleye’s head is completely transparent, so as to allow its eyes to collect even more incident light and aid in its collection of food. Pretty cool!

The Coolest Sharks In The World

September 6, 2013

Sharks are equal parts terrifying, mysterious and incredible. With around 400 shark species existing in the world today, each has its own aesthetic, hunting techniques and temperament. Here are seven of the world’s coolest shark species:

Whale Shark

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Growing to more than 40 feet in length, whale sharks are the largest fish species in the world. Despite their size, whale sharks prefer to feed on plankton, not people. Whale sharks also catch small fish and other animals by swimming with their mouth wide open. In a mechanism called “cross-flow filtration,” the shark uses its jaws to filter what enters into its mouth.

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The World’s Most Astonishing Aquarium Art

July 18, 2013
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At a time when cats reign supreme as the internet’s–and world’s–pet of choice, a few creative types have commenced their attempts to draw the pet fish from the depths of obscurity by creating incredible works of aquarium art. Places like Hydropolis in Qingdao, China, have even gone as far as creating entire living complexes within an aquarium.

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The Ghostly Cusk-Eel

July 13, 2013

Despite its name and appearance, the cusk-eel is not an eel but rather a fish. While the fish featured here is pretty small, the largest species of cusk-eel can be found traversing the 6,600-feet depths of the sea with a length of around 6.6 feet (2 meters).

The Deadly Draw Of The Clearfin Lionfish

May 16, 2013

Clearfin Lionfish

Despite its Miami Vice coloring, this isn’t much of a “fun-loving” fish. The venomous, carnivorous lionfish can be found cruising through the Indian and western Pacific Oceans, and unlike other lionfish, this species’ spines lack any kind of marking.