Deep-Sea Dragonfish

Deep-Sea Dragonfish

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Credit: Dante Fenolio/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dragonfish are among the most fierce of the deep sea dwellers in appearance. This unidentified species was as aggressive as it appears. It came up alive in the trawling net and lunged for the hand holding the bucket handle above it. The fishes' lure, a luminous organ attached to the end of a rod like barbel, is attached to the lower jaw. In theory, the dragonfish wiggles the glowing lure to attract prey. Anything of appropriate size that comes within striking distance is dinner. Notice the spots on the side of the fish. Those structures are also photophores. These glowing structures may serve in species recognition. This dragonfish was roughly a foot in total length and was trawled from between the surface and 1000 meters depth.

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Keywords: barbel, bathypelagic, bioluminescence, bioluminescent, bizarre, deep sea fish, deep-ocean creature, deep-sea fish, dragonfish, fish, fish fangs, fish teeth, gulf of mexico, large teeth, lure, marine life, mesopelagic, nekton, nightmare creature, pelagos, photophore, predator, predatory, rod, scary, sea life, stomiidae, symbiotic bacteria

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