So, you are all geared up to meet a bizarre creature from the ocean, right? But before that, try believing in things you don’t know exist. Now take a relieved sigh and dive deep into the world of getting up personal and close with the angler fish.
Yes, it is a weird ocean creature that comes with the potential of giving you a good fright! Featuring a gigantic mouth and a large head, this fearsome mortal swims in the dark waters of the ocean. Available in size ranging between 20 centimeters and 1 meter, you can find over 300 species of this fish. Majority of these are found in Antarctic and Atlantic oceans. Here, we will be having a look at some features that make this species super-strange.
Angler Fish With Its Very Own Lure
Angler fish varieties live deep beyond the ocean blues where there are no traces of light. This might make you believe that it would be difficult for the fish to find its prey. But no, it can easily find its food simply by the help of the glow coming off its front head. This is the illicium- the angler fish’s very own lure. The sparkling tip of the fish brings in the smaller fish varieties closer to the fish. Also, they have sharp, and long teeth pointed inwards. This makes it very easy for them to bite their food down while keeping hold of the same.
Huge Population Of Angler Fish
Research shows more than 300 species of this fish with the majority of them living in the foggy deeps of the Antarctic and Atlantic oceans. Nevertheless, some are living in tropical, shallow waters not deep below the water surface. Coming to colors, you will find them in varied colors ranging from dark brown to dark gray. Some fish varieties in this category can be very huge, reaching around 3.3 feet length-wise. But, the majority of them are smaller, generally less than even a foot.
Exclusive Angling And Preying
One thing you might not have heard about this fish species is they have the ability to swallow preys more than twice their very own size. Yes, it is true. As has already been mentioned, the female angler fish feature a dorsal spine protruding right overt their mouths. This is the fish’s angling pole baiting prey very close to the fish. Also, the humongous mouth and the pliable body of the angler helps it in swallowing preys more than what its own body size is.
Males Are Smaller Than Females
Now, what’s that? Strange and hard to believe, na? but yes, female angler fish varieties are larger than their male counterparts. Also, males do not have any adaptation requirements. When free-swimming, young male anglers come across the female anglers, they latch onto the female with their sharp teeth. With time, the males fuse in physically with the females. They connect to their bloodstream and skin while losing all their internal organs and their eyes, excluding the testes. Female anglers generally carry more than six males on their body.
So, next time you want to give a demonstration of your knowledge of the angler, take the facts mentioned above into account.