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Top 8 Scariest Fish In The World

Published May 15, 2016
Do you really know what kind of creatures lurk beneath the surface? There are many fish that are pleasently beautiful to look at in the world's waters, while others have an appearance that makes your body jitter with discomfort. Ugly fish, dangerous fish, creepy fish, scary fish and simply horrific fish. Here is a list of the scariest fish in the world.
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8. Piranha

No fish is as mythical as the family of South American piranhas! Although many of the myths are exaggerated, piranhas are still unusually bloodthirsty omnivores with startingly sharp teeth.

7. Atlantic Wolffish

The Atlantic wolffish - also known as catfish, seacat or simply wolffish - is a species that lives at the bottom of cold oceans in the northern hemisphere and can grow to 2 m (7 ft) in length. They have characteristically massive jaws with pointy teeth in the front and blunt, crushing, teeth in the back. A wolffish does not actually eat other fish, instead the fangs are specially adapted for the hard shells of crustaceans and echinoderms (starfish, sea cucumbers etc.). Wolffish is a popular fish in the kitchen and is unfortunately highly threatened by over-fishing, especially outside the coasts of Scandinavia and in the rest of the Atlantic.
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6. Snakehead

Snakeheads are a family of predatory fish that live in African and Asian freshwaters and can grow to 1 m (3 ft) in length. Not only do they look like snakes, they can even breathe air for four days and move upto 400 m (437 yd) on land. Since they are at the top of the food chain and don't have any natural enemies snakeheads can sometimes become an invasive species, that is, invade and damage an ecosystem outside its native habitat.

5. Goblin Shark

The goblin shark is characterized by its long snout and highly extensible jaws. It lives in many of the earth's oceans, but since it sometimes swims at a depth of over 1,000 m (3,281 ft) it is rarely seen by humans. Very little is known about how the goblin shark lives and breeds, but even though the species is rare it's still not classified as endangered.

4. Mooray Eel

Mooray eels are a family of eels who often are the most dangerous members of the neighborhood. They live in waters all around the world, hide in holes at day and appears at night to hunt. The mooray eel has a reputation of attacking divers, but it really prefers to stay away from humans. The most startling species is the tiger reef-eel (photo) with its colorful body and long, glazed teeth.

3. Frilled Shark

The prehistoric frilled shark lives in deep waters in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and is rarely observed alive. The species has a special snakelike body and lots of sharp teeth. The video shows a live frilled shark that was caught at the surface outside the coast of Japan in 2007. It was probably sick when it was found and it sadly died after a couple of hours in captivity.

2. Blobfish

The blobfish lives outside Australia and Tasmania at depths down to 1,200 m (3,937 ft). To cope with the pressure at those depths the body is a jellylike mass with a density somewhat lower than water, which makes it automatically float above the sea bed. The blobfish eats what floats in front of the nose and is really more heartbreakingly ugly than scary. The species is engangered due to becoming by-catch in bottom trawling.

1. Anglerfish

Does it look familiar? Yep, the monster from Finding Nemo really exists! This family of fish are characterized by the "fishing rod" between the eyes, which is used to attract prey. The well-known angler (Lophius piscatorius) in the Atlantic Ocean looks scary enough, but there are some really terrifying species in other parts of the world. The photo shows a humpback blackdevil (Melanocetus johnsonii), a species with a primitive look, razor-sharp teeth and a luminescent fishing lure it can use to easily hypnotize an unsuspecting clownfish looking for his abducted son.
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