The terrifying looking Angler fish.

Published on 7 December 2019 at 18:13


One of the most terrifying looking fish ever, you probably remember him.. the creepy fish from Nemo? The one with the lantern on his head? That's the fish I'm talking about.

The fish was first discovered in 1899. These creatures live at a depth of 300 to 400 meters. There are many species of angel fish. For some species the female carries a long shining rod on her head.



The lantern

This lantern attracts prey. When she hangs the light in her characteristic big mouth, she can eat her prey immediately. The mouth is set with sharp inward facing teeth. Also, the body of the fish is so flexible that she can eat prey that is twice as big as herself!



bizarre breeding habit..

The fish have quite a bizarre way of reproducing, you can call it creepy too. The males and females don't meet very often due to the fact that they don't live in groups. The male is ten times smaller than the female. When the male is mature he goes looking for the smell of a female, the males have a very good sense of smell.


When he finds a female he clings to her belly and releases an enzyme that merges him with her. After a while the fish fuse in such a way that they share everything, like the same blood circulation and organs.


From this point on, the male only serves to produce sperm and to make the female pregnant as much as possible. The male does not die when the female does. The male stays alive for a while, but eventually dies because he gets no more nutrients.. poor thing!


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