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Scary Fish Of The Deep

Updated on August 19, 2011

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Viper Fish
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Scary Fish Of The Deep

The depths of the oceans and sea's seem endless, just as our outer-space is, most people agree we know more about what's in space than what we know is in our own waters. However with today's technology we are traveling deep and deeper into these depths to see exactly what's down there. Can you imagine yourself mingling in the world of dinosaurs ? Why because they are scary,.. Well that world isn't as far from us as you might think.

Here is a list of my most favorite scary fish of the deep.

The Viper Fish

The Viper fish is one of the fiercest predators of the deep. It measures 6.0 to 10.0 in and weighs about 23 grams, since it's fangs do not fit inside its mouth they curve back to the fish's eyes. They are found in deep waters of the sea, often staying at 5,000 feet below surface, however they can be found at less than 2,000 when they are feeding.

Vipers have a hinged skull which can be rotated up for swallowing large prey, which goes perfectly with their large stomach's, which can expand twice its normal size. The Vipers diet consists of shrimp, squid, and hermit crabs however they also eat mackerel and other little fish. An interesting note about their feeding, Their fangs are pretty much invisible under water, serving as a great deadly trap for its prey. The one predator they have is the Dragon fish.


Hairy Angler Fish

Hairy Angler Fish
Hairy Angler Fish | Source

The Hairy Angler Fish

These scary looking creatures the Hairy Angler Fish grow to the size of a beach ball !!! The long antenna's that cover their body is designed to pick up the vibrations of any other fish that comes close to its terrifying teeth.

They inhabit the Eastern Atlantic, western North Atlantic and the Pacific ocean and remains about 8,000 ft below. Because these fish dwell so far into the deep the have not yet been properly researched and there's much still yet to be learned about them.

Angler Fish

Snaggletooth Fish

Snaggletooth Fish
Snaggletooth Fish | Source

The Snaggletooth Fish

The Snaggletooth fish is a powerful predatory fish that can be found in the deep water between Australia and New Zealand. Some people joke asking if this was just a science experiment gone wrong, mainly because they resemble the South American Payara fish so much.

Snaggletooth fish are known to grow up to a little over 2 feet long in length !!! They are scaleless, black with luminous purple color on its sides and has a very large mouth with long pointed comb like teeth . They are equipped with a luminous red chin barbel that is long and slender they use to lure prey into striking distance and they feed on mid-water fishes and crustaceans.

Deep-Sea Lizard Fish

Deep-sea Lizard fish lives throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and can dwell in the coral reefs or even in the rubble type habitats that are silt-filled. They can be found swimming in depths of 600 - 3500 meters with water temps ranging from 46 - 70 degrees.

Deep-sea Lizard fish grow to a whopping 4 to 5 feet long !!! Dark brown to black in color, covered in tough scales, black eyes and a black lining in the mouth and grill cavity. Their mouths are strangely scary with very sharp needle like teeth and even their tongues has teeth as well. They are fierce predators, all they have to do is sit on the bottom and ambush their prey which consists of fish and decapods as they unknowingly pass by. However Lizard fish normally don't cause any problems to divers that encounter them when exploring the coral reefs.

Deep sea Dragon Fish


Deep Sea Dragon Fish

Deep-sea Dragon fish can be found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico in water depths of about 1,000 to 3,000 meters, however some come to the surface to feed at night, while others remain at the deep depths of 5,000 meters.

They have quite a gruesome appearance with a large head and a mouth equipped with very large fang like teeth with some being hinged. They are black in color and grow up to around 6 inches.

They are a ferocious predator with a barbel attached to its chin and its tipped with light that flashes that acts as a lure to its prey, feeding on small fish and crustaceans. The interesting thing is that since its prey is also equipped with these flashing lights, the dragon fish has a way of remaining hidden !!! The walls of their stomach has specially evolved by turning black to keep the lights of his prey concealed while his dinner is being digested. The light coming from its barbel, below it's eyes, on its pectoral fins and some forming lines of light along the body in these dark waters also come in handy for attracting potential mates.

What's Your Thought's ?

So which fish do you think is the scarriest ?

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Natures Amazing Under Water Light Show

Even though these fish are scary looking, it must be admitted they and others sure can make one heck of a light show thousands of feet underwater in the darkest of depths. I hope you enjoy the light show in the video below !!!!


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      Cecelia Kramer 4 years ago from Everywhere but mostly Cali

      I love your list of fish. I have well aware of most on your list but found a few I have never seen before truly educational. Makes me wonder why humans don't adapt to our own environment in this way but that would be scary. It is impressive how these animals adapt to the deep sea.

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      tom 5 years ago

      wow!this is great i was doing a project about viperfish and its really helpful

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      lonry 5 years ago

      this video is super scary that you have to put a password on it.

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      Angelina 5 years ago

      That viper fish was so scary and gross I jumped ou of my chair

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      moooooooooo 5 years ago


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      awesome gal 5 years ago

      this is super helpful! im doing a report/powerpoint on it

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      hihi 5 years ago

      wow.i'm doing a project and i was wondering what is the black dragon's predators

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      yodog 6 years ago

      Next year im doing my speech (for school) on the HAIRY ANGLER FISH. I think it is gross awsome and a perfect speech topic .THANKS GUYS

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      yodog 6 years ago

      Next year im doing my speech (for school) on the HAIRY ANGLER FISH. I think it is gross awsome and a perfect speech topic .THANKS GUYS

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      Cloudlestorm 6 years ago

      Those fish are really really cool. Not really ugly, however. Where's just not used to them: If no one in the world ever saw a CAT, when we'd find them we'd called them ugly-because where're not used. We're used to cats so they're cute. If we where used to these fish, they'd be cute.

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      Chris Andrews 6 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      Some very interesting fish. I have always loved deep sea exploration.

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      Blob 6 years ago

      These are not God's creation... these are Aewha's creations from Pandora that somehow got transported to Earth

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      Dragonfish  6 years ago


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      laus 6 years ago

      eeeeeekkkkk there soooooo scary!!!!!!!!!

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      watevz 6 years ago

      OMG that anglerfish is so damn creepy!!! Im probly gonna have nightmares for weeks now. UGGGHHHHH!!!!!

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      I really have this fear of deep and dark waters. I don't feel comfortable seeing them, probably because I could imagine myself amidst all these scary creatures. However, they are all God's creation which also deserve respect and care.

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      FUNNY BUGS 7 years ago


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      jhgcgvg23456  7 years ago

      no you where not awesome or epic.

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      hi me 528585 7 years ago

      no afence but coco butter is kind of dumb and is a scardy cat or scardy fish if that's what you perfer to call it.good bye the end hi hi and good night!:)

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      kathy 2267e 7 years ago

      all the fish in here are the most funniest fish i have ever seen, but the fish are also very interesting. i know because i have my own set of algea eaters and a long tail goldfish!:)the end!:) bye bye and hi hi. by the way what do you want for chritmas. i want a ipod touch!

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      COCO BUTTER 7 years ago

      THESE FISH ARE VERY SCARY FISH. i think i will never go swimming in the ocean ever again! the end!:)

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      GAUCAT 7 years ago

      thanks for sharing. I was truly awesome and epic

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      tritontravel 7 years ago from New Hampshire

      Very interesting topic. The undersea world is absolutely amazing. I wonder how many people refuse to jump in the ocean after a look at that video. Thanks so much for the great information.

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      Animal World 7 years ago

      Wow that would have been scary for sure, but It makes a great story to share !!!

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      Sydney Getaways Guy 7 years ago

      Theres some pretty freakish things out there! I remember skindiving when I was 16 and I put my head into this cave alongh with a friend when all of a sudden a grey nurse shark decided to come closer for an inspection, like face to face it scared the **it out me and my friend. We never swam so fast to shore in all our lives before or since. HA!

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      becca 7 years ago

      there actually cool

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      Animal World 7 years ago

      Ya they definitely are creepy lookin,..and I thought great Whites were scarry looking,..LOL

      Thanks for your comment and dropping by,...

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      I never knew such fish scary exist. They look like aliens.