We think of the ocean as a serene place. The sight, the smell, the sound… it’s all so peaceful. But often what we see is merely the surface. Sometimes it takes a difference perspective to get a better grasp of what’s underneath the waves.
Most of us will never get to see views like these.
More of the Oar
The oar fish is the longest bony fish in the sea, reaching a length of thirty-six feet.
The Rat(tail) of the Sea
Grenadiers, also know as “raittails” due to their body structure, are amongst the most common bottom dwelling fish. With a face like that we can see why it may want to stay in hiding…
Don’t Go Star-Gazing
It may look like a joke, but members of the stargazer fish family can be quite deadly. Some hide in the sand and leap out, swallowing their prey. Others have lures in their mouth to bring the prey to them. Others still can use electrical shocks, and some are venomous. Best to stay away, perhaps.
In 2013 the blobfish was voted “World’s Ugliest Animal” based on photos like the above. However, this is unfair to the creature since its body decompresses and changes shape when it’s out of water. If you want to see it in its natural, less blobby, splendor, go for a dive in the deep-seas of Tasmania and Australia.
5. Be Careful Where You “Go”
The candiru, found in South American rivers, attacks other fish by swimming into the streams expelled by the gills of its prey and uses spines to latch onto its insides. Because of this, it it’s known to swim up urine streams of anyone unfortunate enough to pee where it lives. A common myth is that it attacks only men, earning it the nickname “penis fish,” but it attacks women as well.
A Floating Coffin
The coffinfish is actually a sea toad (a class of anglerfish) and is covered in spiny scales. Making their home off the east coast of Australia, they can be found three-hundred meters beneath the water’s surface.