Saturday, October 25, 2008

Photohunter: Scary fish




This is a fangtooth fish, a deep water fish with very large teeth. It's been said that they have the largest teeth to body size ratio of any fish. They are found around 2,000 feet, and can be found as deep as 5,000 feet.

These fish are the poster child of the deep sea fish and can be seen on any special featuring deep sea animals. Although they general do extreme close-ups of the face, which makes them seem very large and frightening, they only get 5 inches (13 cm) in length. They are the terror of various shrimps, small fish, and cephalopods, that make up the majority of their diet.

There are only two species of fangfish world-wide, one which is present world-wide, and the other which is only found off the pacific coast.

23 comments:

Deborah said...

Wow, that is REALLY scary. Wouldn't want to run into one of those when it was alive!

Annie said...

Great photo! I'm glad the finger is there to put it in perspective in terms of size. He's scary but he's also pretty cool-looking!

Happy weekend!

jams o donnell said...

Great photo. What a true wonder of teh deep. Happy weekend

Jan said...

I'm glad I've never encountered one!

Jane of JaneZworld said...

ooo hope I dont have a night mare
Jane
www.janezlifeandtimes.worldpress.com

Lind said...

I would NOT want to meet that fish in the deep ocean!! Yikes. My scary post is up at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/prodoceo/609837/

The Social Frog said...

Great fish! It is very scary looking.

A. said...

Hmm, I don't think I care how big, it still looks scary to me!

Mrs Mecomber said...

I love this! I've seen photos of the fish in the water, but nothing like this. And yes, it is pretty scary!

I hope you have time to come see my scary photos, and leave your link, too. http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-scary/

June said...

Yikes! Good choice for this week...

Bonggamom said...

Wow, they look so small and fierce. Great photo!

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dragynm said...

I went deep sea fishing once. I'm so glad that I never came across that fish, otherwise, I'd have sworn off sushi!

Here's mine: http://dragynm.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/photo-hunt-scary/

EMZKIE said...

ah ok good thing they are in deep water. i dont want to see them in shallow water. lol.

my entry is up HERE

Dianne said...

Yikes-look at those teeth! And it does look much bigger than it looks.

Leslie said...

You win this week for the most fascinating post! That was an excellent read! :)

susan at 2lives said...

Great photo and wonderful information. I wouldn't like to meet the living version of this guy.

inyang said...

that's a scary fish! now, i wonder how you got one of that ...

I Digress said...

That really looks scary. Its eye looks like a screw of a bolt or something.

little light said...

it does look scary!

mimi11460 said...

It looks like the fish in the movie in finding nemo the fish with headlight..

eheupel said...

Talk about misunderstood!!

Tina - omme i London aka teeweewonders said...

Blimey, that's one scary looking fish - regardless of the size!

{i}Post said...

Ouch! That would certainly hurt if you met him when he was alive!