In this post, you are about to see some of the weirdest, ugliest, scariest types of fish. Some that will never make you want to go into the water again and maybe some that will spark up your’re appetite. I don’t know about you guys….but I like odd and weird stuff. Where did these creatures go wrong in evolution?
The common fangtooth, or Anoplogaster cornuta, is a small, deep-sea fish with some of the largest teeth in the ocean, proportional to its size. Not the cutest fish i have seen.
The aptly-named blobfish is now in danger of being wiped out. The bloated bottom dweller, which can grow up to 12 inches, lives at depths of up to 900m making it rarely seen by humans. But thanks to increasing fishing of the seas Down Under, the fish is being dragged up with other catches. Despite being inedible, the blobfish unluckily lives at the same depths as other more appetizing ocean organisms, including crab and lobster. (“Where did i put my bogey?”)
An Oranda goldfish has a prominent hood, or wen, that encases its whole head except for the eyes and mouth. These fish might have some self esteem problems. He’s full of warts.
A whitemargin stargazer lies half-buried on a reef off Komodo Island, Indonesia, waiting for a small fish to swim by. How this fish finds a mate i have no idea. Poor thing is camouflage, no one will ever find him!
The Asian sheepshead wrasse is from the Labridae family of fish and is typically found in China, North Korea, South Korea, and here in Niligata, Japan. Wrasses typically have jutting, thick lips and a unique jaw structure with portruding ‘foreheads’ and ‘chins.’ The Asian sheepshead is among the largest of the wrasses and feeds on shellfish and crustaceans. Don’t mess with this hard fish, he will knock you out!
The obese dragonfish is a deep-water-dwelling fish with bioluminescent capabilities. Photophores, or light producing organs, cover the fish in rows and below both eyes. He needs a good orthodontist.
A male jawfish is seen with eggs in his mouth in the Philippines. After mating, the female jawfish gives the eggs to the male. The fish are known as mouthbreeders. This fish is definitely under the thumb with his lover.
A harlequin jawfish in a burrow of Hatsushima Island in Japan is seen here. I have to say that this one is quite cute. I cant fault this fish apart from his EVIL eyes.
The tassled scorpionfish in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific is a venomous, carnivorous fish. “Why did I have to reincarnate as a flowery fish?” “I look so stupid right now”
Squirrelfish swim near coral in the Bahamas. “What are you looking at PUNK!!” “I’ll mess you up!”
Frogfish, seen here in Bali, Indonesia, are found in tropical and subtropical oceans and are a type of anglerfish. They use mimicry and camouflage to either hide from predators or look like a potential meal for their prey. They are scaleless and usually have unusual shapes and textures. It’s a hard life looking like a bedroom lampshade.
A young box fish is seen off Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. The fish are shaped like a box and are brighter when younger. As they age, they turn blue-gray in color. “Hmm I wonder why they call me a box fish?”
Parrotfish are named for their beak-like mouths and jaws. Either that or he wanted to become a miniature whale. Your getting there sunny jim.
A bulldog stargazer is a type of fish found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. Stargazers have eyes on top of their heads and an upward facing mouth. The fish bury themselves in the sand and then leap upwards to ambush prey. This guy is the stare down champion.
Coffinfish are deep-sea fish with a short bioluminescent lure on their first dorsal fin that dangles forward over the mouth. “Females complain that it tickles when making love” 🙁 I’m a sad fish.
A recently discovered fish named ‘psychedelica,’ which bounces on the ocean floor like a rubber ball, is shown in the waters off Ambon Island, Indonesia. The frogfish – which has a swirl of tan and peach zebra stripes that extend from its aqua eyes to its tail – was initially discovered by scuba diving instructors working for a tour operator in shallow waters. The fish, like other frogfish, has fins on both sides of its body that have evolved to be leglike. Ok ok, your a cool fish!
An Indo-Pacific red lionfish swims in the Caribbean. More than 300 scuba divers have been certified to catch red lionfish in a race to prevent the invasive and voracious species from consuming all the young and small fish on the Cayman Islands’ famous corals reefs. Looks like a dragon! You go down as probably the coolest looking fish on the planet.
A camouflaged stonefish waits for prey on the bed of the Red Sea. Stonefish are the most venemous fish in the world and are dangerous to humans, even potentially fatal. “Why did I have to look like a rock!?” “If i see you, I will kill you”
A red-spotted blenny sits in a burrow with eggs off Kume Island, Japan. He reminds me of the alien game called “Abe’s Oddesy”.
A pufferfish in Ryokuto Island, Taiwan, is seen inflated at night. Pufferfish are the second-most-poisonous vertebrate in the world. The fish’s natural defense is to inflate rapidly, filling elastic stomachs with water and becoming spherical to seem larger to potential predators. He would make a good throwing weapon.
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