Besides the dreaded thought of being eaten alive by sharks which has been on top of every swimmer’s mind while swimming in the open sea, there is a whole bunch of other weird sea creatures that have topped this list of the world’s scariest fish if these weirdo’s can be called fish. Every single one featured has earned its place on this list of the top 6 scariest fish in the world living in oceans, seas or rivers.
Scariest Fish In The World
1. The Viper Fish:
The number one contender on the top 6 frightening fish in the world is the viper fish. This denizen of the sea with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth is one of the most fearsome predators in the deep-sea. The teeth of a viper fish are not restricted to its mouth and curve all the way to top of the fish’s head.
The dorsal spine of the fierce-looking creature is long and the tip contains a photo phore, a light producing area. Prey gets attracted by the flashing of the photo pore while the viper fish stays motion less in the water.
Viper fish have a skull which is hinged and rotate for the fish to swallow larger prey. The fish’s large stomach can extend to double its normal size allowing the fish to stock up food when it is available in plenty.
The viper fish’s regular diet includes crustations such as hermit crab, shrimp, anchovies, mackerel, and a host of other smaller fish species. The length of a viper fish ranged from 12 to 24 inches with a weight of about 5 pounds. The viper fish is a deep-sea dweller found mostly at depths of 5000 to 9000 feet.
2. The Basking Shark:
The basking shark is a recently discovered shark species and is the weirdest looking of all known shark species found in our oceans. While it is huge in size and looks fearsome, it is absolutely harmless to humans and does not feature on the world’s deadliest sharks list fortunately.
While a shark’s skeleton is composed of entirely cartilage rather than the typical bones, technically speaking a shark is termed as a fish. Coming to what confirmed this gargantuan the number 2 place on the world’s top 6 scariest fish list, the basking shark is a good example of how external looks can be quite deceptive.
The fearsome appearance of this gentle giant is the only fact that garnered it the 2nd place in the top 6 creepiest fish in the world list.
The basking shark as specified earlier does not pose a threat to people. Confirmed to be the 2nd largest shark species after the docile whale shark and found in oceans all over the world, it weighs in at close to 20 tons with a length of over 40 feet.
It is 1 of the 3 known filter feeding shark species. But unlike the other 2 species of filter feeding sharks, the basking shark does not have the capability to actively pump water into its pharynx and utilize suction. Rather it must rely on the passive flow of water which is filtered for food by its gill at a rate of close to 2000 tons of water per hour. This heavy weight survives on small fish, zoo plankton and other invertebrates.
The basking shark was a regular catch of fishing fleets on account of abundant numbers previously, slow swimming speed and non-aggressive nature. As a matter of fact, basking sharks are protected and sale of its body parts prohibited in many countries.
Considered a nuisance along the Canadian Pacific coast a while ago, basking sharks were the prime target of a government sponsored policy of eradication from 1950 till 1970. Now under the protected species and monitored for numbers, they are an important attraction for diving tourism in areas where they are commonly found. Basking sharks are tolerant of divers and boats approaching and may even check out curious divers at close range.
3. The Blob Fish:
This creepy, but pathetic looking creature looks as if he was taken right out of the frames of a horror movie. The truth that such creatures do exist outside of horror movies and novels earned the blob fish a solid place on the top 6 creepiest fish in the world list.
Besides having a visage only a doting mother could like, the blob fish is devoid of any muscles. The blob fish survives on a feeding habit that consists of waiting around for anything edible to pass by.
With flesh that has the consistency of jelly that is barely lighter than water, the blob fish is able to float above the sea floor without the need to expand oxygen to swim or spend energy.
The flesh which has a low density makes up for an air filled bladder which is usually found in fishes that are found to occupy deeper waters. At a depth of over 300 feet, the pressure is about 85 times higher than sea level so any air would be too much compressed to serve its due purpose. Blob fish are seldom sighted by humans due to the in-accessibility of its natural habitat.
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4. The Snake Head Fish:
Snake head fish possess the amazing ability to survive in water and out of water for longer periods of time. This species is native to Russia, China, and Korea. The snake head fish has somehow found its way to the United States of America.
Several fishes were found in a pond in Maryland resulting in worldwide media coverage. Considered to be highly predatory and aggressive, the snake head fish immediately got to the top of the food chain in US ponds and lakes and have been ruled as illegal to own as pets.
After inhabiting a lake or pond, they consume every living creature found in the pond or lake. Without the least discrimination, a snake head will eat everything from insects to mollusks and carp. Once the food source gets depleted, they leave the water and travel to nearby water bodies feeding on mice, frogs, lizards, insects and small birds found within its reach. Most snake heads grow to be 2 to 3 feet and weigh more than 20 pounds.
With no natural predator in its new environment, these unwelcome visitors can degrade Eco-systems, cause native fish to go extinct and cost millions of dollars every year for extermination.
Even scarier is the reproduction rate of snake head fish. Reaching sexual maturity between the ages of 3 and 4, each female fish can release anywhere between 15,000 – 20,000 eggs and can breed up to 5 times a year. In just 2 years, each spawning female can release up to 200,000 eggs.
5. The Grenadier Fish:
Coming in at the fifth spot on the world’s top 6 scariest fish list is the grenadier fish. Grenadier fish are generally found just above the ocean floor. With long tapering tails, huge eyes and a large head, grenadier fish swim slowly over the seabed in search of prey.
Usually about 3 feet long and weighing close to 10 pounds, this Atlantic Ocean dwellers can reach 5 feet in length and weigh up to 60 pounds. Besides being one of the ugliest fish in the ocean, grenadier fish also have a very high TMAO level giving them a strong fishy smell.
6. The Tiger Fish:
The African tiger fish is found in many rivers and lakes on the African continent. A close relative of the dreaded piranha, the African tiger fish is a savage predator with distinctive rows of razor-sharp teeth.
Eating anything that will fit in its fearsome jaws, the African tiger fish stalks its prey its own size or more and gives it a fatal bite. While smaller fish are often shredded to pieces, bigger fishes will continue to be attacked until dead. An anti-coagulant slime coats the teeth of tiger fish preventing inflicted wounds from healing.
Generally growing up to 25 to 30 inches long, African tiger fish weigh in close to 25 to 30 pounds. The largest one caught was in 1962 in Kariba measuring 35 inches and weighing 35 pounds. A predatory fish to say the least, African tiger fish have a surprisingly low tolerance to poor water condition. Finding one is a clear indication that the water is clean.
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