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Pokračování článku 20 of the Weirdest and Wonderful Creatures In The Ocean

15.05.2021
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Pokračování článku 20 of the Weirdest and Wonderful Creatures In The Ocean

Pokračování článku 20 of the Weirdest and Wonderful Creatures In The Ocean

18. Red-Spotted Blenny

18. Red-Spotted Blenny

The blenny is a common fish found in coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The red-spotted blenny belongs to the family known as combtooth blennies.

The red-spotted blenny is called so because of its distinctive red spots that cover its body.

They are thought to reside relatively close to shore, in reefs around 20 feet underwater. They tend to grow to around just under 6 inches in total, making them a relatively small fish.

There is not a huge amount known about this distinctive little fish individually, but what we do know is that they may share characteristics with the wider combtooth blenny family.

They tend to eat small creatures from the Benthic regions of the ocean such as crustaceans, shellfish, mollusks, and even algae and plankton. Some blennies can even venture out of the water thanks to their pectoral fins that act similarly to feet.

19. Black Swallower

This deep sea dwelling fish has a reputation for biting off more than it can chew... Ok, perhaps that is not quite true.

However what it does do is swallow, with much ease, fish that are much bigger than it!

It certainly has earned that name, then! It can be found all over the globe in tropic and subtropic waters.

When we say they are deep sea fish we really mean it as they can live in depths up to 9000 feet under.

They are very widely found and are the most commonly found fish of its genus in the North Atlantic ocean.

19. Black Swallower

They swallow their prey whole, preferring bony fish. There have been instances where a washed up black swallower has been found to have fish almost four times bigger than it in its stomach.

They tend to grow to around 7 to 8 inches long, with the largest length known currently being 9.8 inches. This is impressive when considering they can swallow fish that are 34 inches! In terms of appearance, there is nothing particularly distinctive about it.

It is rather plain in color. What makes it so weird and wonderful is the amount that they can swallow. Their lower jaw is bigger than the upper part of the jaw to help them swallow these bigger animals.

They also have the added bonus of very sharp canine like teeth at the front. Their teeth fit together neatly, interlocking when the jaw is closed. This traps their prey, allowing them to swallow it.

Source: https://addhelium.com/weirdest-creatures-in-the-ocean/

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