The anglerfish is a rare and intriguing sea creature that has become a fascination for some. From their appearance in Disney’s Finding Dory to recent discoveries about this mysterious fish, their unique form and structure makes them quite extraordinary.
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Anglerfish are an extremely bony fish named for their characteristic mode of hunting for food, in which a fleshy growth from the fish’s head acts as a lure to their prey. They often look like something out of a horror or science fiction movie, and perhaps that is one of the reasons that the anglerfish is so fascinating.
Although those who know of anglerfish have a particular image in mind, there are actually over 200 different species of anglerfish. Most anglerfish live in the light-less depths of the Atlantic and Antarctic oceans, as far as a mile below the ocean’s surface. Typically, they have large heads, big mouths with sharp, translucent teeth, and the iconic outgrowth used to attract prey. Although some species of anglerfish can grow to become very large (over 3 feet in length), most are significantly smaller, often measuring less than a foot.