Top Ten Strangest Looking Fish
There are millions of types of species of fish, and it is only expected that some of those species are going to look awfully strange, right? Well you’re not wrong. Here is our list of the top ten strangest looking fish.
The blobfish, often referred to as the most miserable looking fish because of its downwards mouth, is a fat fleshy pink deep sea fish, and it has plenty to be miserable about! Found around 800 metres below sea level in the waters near Australia, the blobfish faces extinction from trawler fishermen who inadvertently catch the blobfish whilst looking for more edible sea creatures like crabs and lobsters. If you looked like this fish, you would probably look miserable too!
9. Deep Sea Angler Fish
The Deep Sea Angler Fish, popularised by its appearance in animated movie Finding Nemo, is one of the strangest deep sea fishes on the planet, and not only because of the way it looks, but by the way it catches its prey. The fish lives thousands of metres below the surface where the visibility is next to none. At the end of the growth on its head is a small light which attracts prey. Once the prey gets to close to the light, its too late.
8. The Black Swallower
Another deep sea fish. The black swallowers greatest party trick is its ability to swallow fish larger than itself, which also earns it its alternative name of the Great Swallower. It is only a small fish however, usually around 15-20cm in length
7. The Atlantic Wolffish
The Atlantic Wolffish, whilst intimidating to look at, is only dangerous when defending itself. Generally a few feet in length, the wolfish is often found across the whole Atlantic ocean. Additionally, this type of fish produces natural antifreeze to keep blood moving through its body in the cold temperatures.
6. Longhorn Cowfish
A reef boxfish, the longhorn cowfish is a colourful fish characterised by the pair of horns on the front of its head, much like that of a bull or cow, hence its name. Like many colourful reef fish, the Longhorn Cowfish is becoming increasingly popular as a pet fish, despite being able to reach sizes of over 15 inches! The fish is poisonous and cannot be eaten.
The Fangtooth, a deep sea fish, is called the Fangtooth for its extremely large teeth size to body size ratio. According to experts at the BBC, the Fangtooth has the largest teeth in respect to its body of all the known species of fish in the world. The Fangtooth is a ferocious looking fish, though luckily lives so deep it is rarely seen by humans.
4. Barreleye Fish
Barreleye fish, also known as spook fish, are named after their barrel shaped eyes, but the most unusual thing about these fish is the largely transparent head. Barreleye fish are another type of deep dea fish, typically ranging from 500 to 2,500 meters below the surface. Then again, if your head was transparent, you’d probably want to live that depth below sea water as well!
3. Hairy Frogfish
The Frogfish is a type of angler fish, and is found is most oceans including the Pacific and Atlantic. The Hairy Frogfish is quite the odd looking fish, with hundreds of hair like appendages on its body.
2. Clown Triggerfish
The Clown Triggerfish is a coral reef fish and is characterised by its extremely colourful appearance. The Clown Triggerfish is actually quote the highly sought after aquarium fish, giving any dull and drab aquarium a much more tropical feel. It is often found in the waters need South Africa and Indonesia.
1. Guineafowl Puffer
No selection of weird fish would be complete without at least one of those strange puffer fish, and this one take our number 1 spot. The Guineafowl Puffer, also known as the spotted puffer, when enlarged and be as big as 50cm. They are also a highly sought after aquarium fish, and are carnivorous, feeding on smaller invertebrates.
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