Creature Feature: Anglerfish!
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Now, I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with anglerfish (although judging by how many have been posted it’s more than I would’ve guessed). They are not a conventionally pretty fish (ha!) but they’re incredibly interesting. The most famous of the anglerfish live in the abyss and have bioluminescent bacteria living in a “lure” attached to the top of their heads, like a worm on a fishing hook. They move the lure around to attract prey. The males sniff out a female and once they find one they fuse themselves permanently to her and become one, even sharing blood vessels. The males basically degenerate into just a pair of reproductive organs!
This feature is very exciting for me because I was very close to studying fish like these for a living! I dreamed of being a marine biologist, specializing in abyssal creatures. Well, obviously my life took a different turn, but I can always relive what could have been with this awesome anglerfish crafts.
Don’t forget to check out the anglerfish tag for even more great projects!