December 11, 2015

The world's ugliest fish, in pictures (15pics)

A fisherman in Chongqing found a wild giant salamander about 1.4 meters long and weighing an astonishing 52 kilograms. According to authorities, this Chinese giant salamander could be more than 200 years old.
 This strange creature was shot in Taiwan recently, by uploader Wei Cheng Jian. He encountered the odd looking worm while fishing off Penghu, and shared the clip to his Facebook page soon afterwards. The strange green mass could be a ribbon worm, or Nemertea. So, not technically a 'fish' but it is still very ugly.

Ribbon worms are usually found burrowed in the sea bed in tropical and sub-tropical regions, however some are known to venture onto land, living in cool, damp places. The worms have a special proboscis, or feeding tube, which it ejects when hunting. The ribbon worm uses the proboscis to cover its prey in a thick, poisonous mucus which paralyses its victim.
 A giant conger eel has been caught off the British coast in Plymouth by the inshore trawler 'Hope'. It weighed 131lb when gutted
The rarely sighted frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) - whose ancestry dates back 80 million years and is known as a living fossil - has turned up in waters off southeastern Victoria, Australia. The ugly beast, which has 300 teeth over 25 rows, was caught by fishermen trawling in waters near Lakes Entrance in the state's Gippsland region. The men were left scratching their heads at the sight of the two-metre-long creature, whose head and body resemble an eel, but whose tail is more reminiscent of a shark.
 A face only a mother could love... The deep sea viper fish
The eternally sad-looking blobfish
 The Atlantic wolf eel
 The Coelacanth dino fish
The Gulf toad fish
The painted frog fish
 The anglerfish
 A viper moray
Ready for his close-up... The stargazer fish
 The polka-dot batfish
The crew of sailing school vessel Tole Mour and Catalina Island Marine Institute instructors holding an 18-foot-long oarfish that was found in the waters of Toyon Bay on Santa Catalina Island, California, USA. A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted the silvery carcass of the 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish.

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