The ocean is a wonderful place: home to the most adorable sea animals, but at the same time, a real nightmare. Just as there are dolphins, sea turtles, and humpback whales, there are great white sharks, sea snakes, and stingrays. Oh, and don't forget Deep-sea lizardfishes.
The Deep-Sea Lizardfish, also known as Bathysaurus fero, is making headlines after researchers onboard the CSIRO RV Investigator voyage to Australia's eastern abyss caught several of these fearsome predator fishes.
They even uploaded it to YouTube and blogged about it because 2017.
“I noticed the long dorsal fin base characteristic of Bathysaurus ferox. The large eyes and teeth are classical features of an ambush predator," said John Pogonoski of the CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection, who caught the fish.
The Deepsea Lizardfish
While you might think fishes are harmless, think again. Deep-sea Lizardfishes—with their needle-like teeth and large eyes—are the world's deepest living apex predators. This means, they will anything that crosses their sight, including their own kind.
They can reach over 27 inches in length, have a slender body with tough scales, and can either be a gray, brown, or off-white color. They are characterized by their large pupils, which help them with their prey detection.
They are usually motionless in the ocean, but attack with a rapid burst.
On top of all this creepy stuff, the Deepsea lizardfish is a hermaphrodite, bearing both male and female sex organs.
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