Humpback Anglerfish

The angler fish, Latin name Melanocetus johnsonii aren’t like any other deep sea fish in many ways. Because they don’t regularly encounter prey, they have large mouths and stomachs and their teeth are pointy in order for them to be able to capture whatever they may find.

They have been known to eat animals almost twice their size. What’s also crazy is that the image above, is of a female angler fish. This is what the male angler fish looks like.The difference is pretty strange! Another famous aspect, probably the most famous one, is the lure they have on the tops of their heads. They use that lure to attract their prey and even to mate! What makes that lure shine is the bacteria that is inside of it.

Fun Fact: There are about 200 angler fish living in various parts of the world. They are normally found in the Atlantic and Antarctic oceans at very deep distances. They often prefer to hide in lonely depths of the sea, but there are some angler fish that have been found in shallow tropical waters.

Sources: Male AnglerfishFun FactOceana