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The most terrible inhabitants of sea depths

1. Angler / Angler Fish / monkfish / monkfish / Angler Fish

This deepwater monster could easily become a nightmare of every diver and is considered the most ugly fish on the planet Earth.

As if ashamed of his ugliness, anglerfish inhabit the deep sea, where sunlight does not penetrate.

There are 200 species of anglerfish, which are widely distributed in the cold waters of the Atlantic and Antarctic oceans. The depths at which these creatures live, is truly astonishing: thus, in 2006 the female monkfish was discovered in the Mediterranean ocean at a depth of 1.86 km.

Most of my life fish-anglers spend at the bottom, where buried in the mud or sand.

Due to deep-water habitat, the skin of these fish has a dark gray or dark brown color that makes them unattractive, if not a huge flat head covered with spikes and a giant mouth slit. In heaven and the jaws have multiple rows of razor-sharp teeth and bent.

Some fish-anglers can reach 2 meters in length and weigh up to 28 kilograms.

On the head the female has a small process with a fleshy lobed appendage (rod), which behaves like the floats at greater depths begins to fluorescamine, making this fish and got such an unusual name. The rod, usually longer than the fish itself 4 times, and a fleshy appendage, filled with mucus in which bacteria are emitting light, is located directly in front of the mouth of a predator. The mouth of the fish-the angler is truly a giant compared to the rest of the body, and in combination with a soft elastic body, this ‘baby’ can swallow prey which is larger in two times.

So it turns out that this monster, if desired, can easily swallow an adult!

But men in this fish family real Gigolos, or to be more precise, the parasites! First, they are 10 times smaller than females, and secondly, when reaching a Mature age, they find a mate and begin to sink its sharp teeth into her flesh. Devouring female, the male emits a special enzyme that begins to digest his body. During this process, the parasite gets stuck in the body of his lady, thus emitting more enzymes. After a few days on the surface of the body females are the ovaries only her lover, everything else is useless atrophy. Thus the fusion of the male does not die and even manages to take a direct part in fertilization of the eggs, watered their milk.

The female fish angler, all your life can warm your body up to 10 partners, but often their number is limited to 5-6.

To better imagine how this process works, watch a short comic:

Spawning takes place in deep water, but the eggs are lighter than water and float to the surface. Here they hatch into larvae that begin to feed, grow quickly, and gradually sink until he returns to his home — sea floor.

Monkfish is extremely aggressive and any person sailing too close to it, will immediately be attacked. The bite of this fish are very deep and painful, so in no case do not approach that monster.

In Italy the meat of this monster is used in food.

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