Angler Fish - Ugliest Fish Alive
One of the ugliest looking creatures living deep in the ocean is the Angler Fish. You may have seen it from the anime movie called Finding Nemo (which I watched it yesterday too :) ), but they didn't much show the real look of that fish. Probably because it might scare the kids lol.
So here are some amazing facts about this fish. The ocean is a cruel place to live, so no wonder the angler fish tries to look scary!
Ok so the Angler fish live deep in the ocean, where the sun has never been seen. There are around 210 angler fish ranging in colour and size. The biggest one seen is one meter long (3.3 feet) in length, whereas the smallest is little less than a foot.
The deep sea angler fish has a modified fin that contains luminescent bacteria. The glow is to attract the pray, just like mots to a light bulb.Their mouths are so big and their bodies so pliable, they can actually swallow prey up to twice their own size. to increas a sexual attraction to the opposite sex. After the pheromones are released, it's just a matter of time when the male finds her. It'sgood to point out that the male angler fish is 40 times smaller than the female!
Once the male finds the female, he then bites her ( yes, bites her) with his own teeth. He starts to degenerate. His jaw fuses into the skin and his internal organs would disappear. He would never eat, because he would get all the nutrition from the bloodstream of his female which would soon become fused with his bloodstream. Sooner or later the male loses his eyes, mouth and everything except his testes
The female can carry six or more males on her body - the male in this case are much smaller than she herself., therefore she feels little weight put together.
This is really good to watch on Youtube as you can see how its done. The Angler fish lives so deep, it's actually very difficult to study her. The above photos more or less show you how the female looks like. I would say no matter which one of those pics above is more accurate, she still is the ugliest fish alive!!