👻🎃 Halloween: those scary fishes
What are the scariest fish in the world?
Let it be said, the Pike can command respect with its jaw equipped with 700 sharp teeth. The Pike perch can look like a vampire to him with his 4 prominent canines. But without disrespecting them, these two predators are little angels next to the fish of our selection.
Indeed, Halloween or not, some species clearly do not need to disguise themselves to be scary. From the Amazonian rivers to the abyssal pits of the Pacific, passing through African rivers and even the center of our cities, it is better not to be bitten by this kind of bugs 😱
Small roundup of these scary fish ...
🐟👻🎃 Humpback anglerfish (Melanocitidae)
We already knew the not very charming Monkfish. But that's nothing compared to his cousin the Dragon of the Abyss... if the dentist has work, so does the cosmetic surgeon. The male of the species has the peculiarity of dying to ensure reproduction. It bites the female at the level of the belly then remains attached like a parasite, disintegrating until it merges with its partner, releasing the sperm necessary for fertilization. You have to want it...
🐟👻🎃 The Tambaqui, the testicle crusher (Colossoma macropomum)
Who put granny's dentures in this fish? Many stories accompany this strange creature from South America and now found in many continents. A specimen was even captured in the Seine in Paris in 2013, probably released by an aquarist who had too many nightmares. Not reassuring when we know his legend as a testicle eater...
🐟👻🎃 Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
It's hard to choose the most terrifying shark. While the Great White Shark, Tiger Shark, and Bulldog Shark are usually the most feared, the Mako's jaw is certainly the most impressive with its teeth visible even when its mouth is closed. Be careful, like many sharks, this species is endangered and must be released in the event of accidental capture. Just watch your fingers when you unhook the hook...
🐟👻🎃 Payara, vampire fish (Hydrolycus scomberoides)
Considering the size of its two lower teeth, one wonders how this Latin American fish manages to shut its mouth. Well, he closes it by sliding his teeth into long sheaths located in his upper jaw. Dracula had better watch out, and his prey too!
🐟👻🎃 Goliath Tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath)
Catching this prehistoric looking fish takes perseverance. Indeed, rare are those to have seen a M'Benga in real life and even rarer are those to have fished it. This massive fish native to the Congo River can weigh 70 kgs and proudly sports its 32 oversized teeth. Man-eater if we are to believe the legend, it is better not to try to venture into the mighty rivers that it inhabits...
🐟👻🎃 Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula)
The Alligator Gar is found in the lower Mississippi Valley and along the Gulf coasts of the southern United States and Mexico. Coveted by sport fishermen because of its fighting spirit and the impressive sizes it can reach (130 kgs), it seems that it can bite its prey in 42 milliseconds, but we have not verified. Accused of attacks on humans, certainly because of its resemblance to the ferocious alligator, the species was exterminated in the 1930s and remains under threat.
🐟👻🎃 Goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni)
We end this classification with another shark, which combines a terrible dental implantation with a bulky muzzle covered with ampullae. Ampullae ? yes, Lorenzini ampullae, allowing it to detect the electromagnetic fields emitted by its prey. To observe this goblin shark, take a deep breath and dive between 30m and 1300m deep. Not even afraid !