Freaky Fish Friday: top ten ugliest fish?

Filed Under (Freaky Fish Friday) by Alexa & Cindy on 17-04-2009

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Disclaimer: if you can’t sleep tonight, it’s not our fault. ;)

OK, we may not agree with #2, but the species spokesfish for this video was kind of…ugly.

The good news? You are having a better hair and skin day than all of them!

Check out this freaky fish fest and tell us which one gets your vote.

EEEWW!!

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Freaky Fish Friday: Stonefish in a BAD mood.

Filed Under (Freaky Fish Friday) by Alexa & Cindy on 03-04-2009

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It’s that time again already!

This week’s freaky installment comes to us courtesy of a diver and underwater photographer we greatly admire: Tony Wu. We dare you to visit his blog and see if his images and videos don’t immediately submerse you in a marine fantasy world of the most breath-taking creatures ever to grace this planet.

This guy is no exception. He definitely makes us draw in our breath…but it’s more out of fright than fantasy.

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Meet Synanceia, who commonly goes by the name Stonefish. And not only does this Stonefish LOOK crabby, he can prove it to you – in a catastrophic way.

Here are five quick facts about Stonefish:

    1) They’re not just ugly, they’re deadly.

    The bumpy, rocky-looking appearance of a Stonefish gives it great camouflage for hiding in plain site on coral reefs or on the ocean floor– after all, they can easily be mistaken for just another rock or piece of coral.

    That’s good for them, bad for us: stonefish sport poisonous spines all along their dorsal fin that contain a neurotoxin that can be fatal to humans.

    This defense against predators earns them the title of the most venomous fish in the ocean – and the world.

    2) The Stonefish lives in and around coral reefs, rocks and sometimes buries itself in the sand of the ocean floor in the waters of the Indo-Pacific region, mostly above the tropic of Capricorn.

    3) It eats mostly small fish and shrimp by swimming up and herding them into its mouth with one lightning-fast GULP.

    4) Its main predators are sharks and rays.

    5) You don’t want to snuggle one, because the Stonefish’s bad mood will never end. Can you blame him?

Have a great weekend!

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Freaky Fish Friday: March Madness Edition!

Filed Under (Freaky Fish Friday, New Species) by Alexa & Cindy on 20-03-2009

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We couldn’t serve up just one dose of freaky today, so we’re taking it to the hoop with a link-o-rama post designed to amaze you and creep you out many times over.

Here are Alexa’s freaky fish (and it’s never just fish) all-stars from the last week, in case you missed them.

Which one looks most like your team’s mascot?

    First up, who says freaky can’t also be beautiful? Not us! Check out this new “rainblow glow” jellyfish species discovered eariler this month off Tasmania – it’s even stingless.

    Next is undoubtedly the best rebounder of the bunch, never mind that he’s approximately 50 years old. Meet Panulirus interruptus, via Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Notes blog.

    And this guy had us eeeewing up a storm over breakfast this morning. Imagine how Tony Wu, underwater photographer, felt when he saw this bobbit worm – on a night dive.

    Last but not least, the slam-dunk star of this freaky fab four, the one that has kept Alexa awake at night for the last week (partly because she couldn’t wait to blog it, and the other part will be obvious). Warning: if you’ve just had lunch or dinner, might want to wait a bit before viewing.

    Meet the newly discovered Danionella dracula. Note: if you click and don’t see anything, he’s still at the dentist. Be patient!

Splash away! Splash away very fast!

Or not.

Have a great weekend!

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