Monstrous-looking deep-sea fish washed up on California beach | New
An unusual fish with teeth as sharp as glass and a body shaped like a soccer ball washed up on a California beach last week.
The creature was found with its mouth open on the shore of the Crystal Cove State Park Marine Protected Area in Laguna Beach last Friday. The park shared images of the fish on social media and identified it as most likely the soccer fish of the Pacific.
“Seeing an intact monkfish is very rare and it is not known how or why the fish ended up on the shore,” we read on Facebook.
The Pacific football fish is one of more than 200 species of monkfish in the world, according to California State Parks, and is normally found in the depths of the ocean. The creature’s teeth are sharp and sharp like shards of glass, and the “big mouth is able to suck and swallow prey the size of their own body.”
Due to the size of the creature and the protruding stem on the top of the head, California State Parks said it was female.
“Only females have a long rod on their heads with bioluminescent tips used as a decoy to lure prey into the darkness of waters as deep as 3,000 feet!” according to the post from Crystal Cove State Park.
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Females can reach a length of 24 inches while males are only about an inch long, the post says, while the male fish’s sole purpose is to help a female reproduce.
“The males attach themselves to the female with their teeth and become ‘sexual parasites’, eventually fusing with the female until all that is left of their form is their testes for reproduction,” it reads. in the message.
The body of the fish is held by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, according to KFSN, a subsidiary of CNN. It should be studied for research and teaching purposes.
âSeeing this strange and fascinating fish is a testament to the diversity of marine life that lurks beneath the water’s surface,â the post from Crystal Cove State Park read, â… and as scientists continue to To learn more about these deep-sea creatures, it’s important to reflect on how much there is yet to learn about our wonderful ocean. “
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