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The Angler Fish

So the other night, my son asks me about this fish he saw in Finding Nemo. Normally I might not share such a tale, because it's probably only memorable to our family – but the answers found from this innocent question were pretty impressive indeed. You see, the…

So the other night, my son asks me about this fish he saw in Finding Nemo. Normally I might not share such a tale, because it’s probably only memorable to our family – but the answers found from this innocent question were pretty impressive indeed.

You see, the alleged fish has a light on it’s head and huge fangs. I don’t know about you, but I’d never heard of such a beast. In fact, I thought it sounded like someone had been having a little fun in the animation room. I even made the mistake of mentioning that it might not be completely real!

You can imagine my surprise when I finally found a picture of the fish in question. That’s a freaky fish indeed, and it seems that very little imagination would be necessary to get this fellow looking like a scary fish!

So I looked around some more and found all sorts of information, including this little tidbit that seems to provide all the information you might need (sorry, link died). You see, apparently this vicious beast is the female of the species! And you thought human women were bad! Luckily they only live at depths of 1,600 to 10,000 feet!

The luminous organ on her head actually attracts her prey. She can vibrate the thing, too, presumably to attract prey if they’re blind. The worse part is that the male of the species lives only to bond himself to the body of the female and provide his seed so that the species may continue. He’s also a lot smaller and not quite as strange looking,

I even found a picture of a live one (or a recently live one – about halfway down the page). Strangely enough, this beast is not the ugliest creature in the ocean. No, that honor belongs to the Fangtooth, a fish so bizarre, that he actually has sheaths in his head for his teeth to slide into when his mouth closes (about one-third of the way down the page)!

And that’s not all – don’t skip the main creature feature, more creatures and still more creatures. Pages courtesy of the Norfanz Voyage web site.

215 replies on “The Angler Fish”

ITS SPELLED ANGLERFISH WITH NO SPACE!!!! I AM DOING A PROJECT ON A HUMPBACK ANGLER FISH AND IT IS ALSO CALLED BLACKDEVIL ,COMMONBLACKDEVIL, MELANOCETUS JOHNSONII!!!!!!!!!
THIS ISNT HELPFUL! THERE I BARLY ANYTHING FACTS ABOUT A HUMPBACK ANGLERFISH!!!!WHEN I CHOSE THE HUMPBACK ANGLERFISH I THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT 30 METRES LONG FROM NEMO!!!! AND FROM WIKIPENDIA HUMPBACK ANGLER FISH PICTURE!!!!!!

I need to know more about the angler fish nobody ever put that info on. You gatta go down there and get good info. Thats all i’m saying. 🙂

awesome!
i’m doing a presentation on these deep sea creatures tomorrow!
They are pretty scary, well to me!

I really don’t appreciate that fling at women from this artical. Men are as bad as women are when it comes to being scarry. In fact, men are worse!!!! And if you have anything more to say about women, i’ll tell your mama and/ or wife/girlfriend. Otherwise, i know that i am younger than most of you, but i’ll have my opinions heard. the information was related more to the movie Finding Nemo than to Angler Fish and their habbits. I came to this cite for information, not false accusations and comparasons, but that is all what i got. Thanks a lot. 🙂

thanx so much I am doing a skool report and I have to come up with 5 interesting facts about it and I got ALL of them here thanx!

Mr. Fresh
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Thanks so much for this great information! I am doing a schol project and this info is SOOOOOO helpful!!!!!!! Thanks again!

look Does anyone know how much light an angler fish produces I am in thailand And I’ve got to find it before my project is due. thats in the 16th of december

I agree with Jess, I asked my biology teacher today what it was and he said it was a viper fish, which I think is true, at least for the head, the body is that of an angler fish. But the personality was taken from the viper, angler fish are not aggressive like the one in this movie, so it is a made up fish made from the head of a viper fish and the body of an angler fish.

i so much needed this for a school project! It was quick and easy and this fish is not that popular though even after finding nemo! wel just want to say thanks and to keep posting useful iformation!!!!!!!! 🙂

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