Saturday, July 31, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The deep water frilled shark is a prehistoric shark which is very rarely seen. The frilled shark looks like a brown eel and weirder, it has three points on one tooth. The frilled shark is named because it has frills on it gills. It feeds on soft-bodied prey, such as squid and small fish. Believe it has six gills instead of five! Sorry, I have the same picture twice but please don't bother about it.
Friday, July 16, 2010
This is the anglerfish. It is scary right? But look at the rod on its head! It is called a lure. Bacteria living in the lure makes the lure glow. This helps it to attract prey or even a mate. The anglerfish male is about 20 times smaller than the female! What is weird? To mate, the male anglerfish uses special teeth and cling on to the belly of the female. Then, it stays there for the rest of its life. On the fourth picture, can you see the male circled in red? The hairy angler species (below) has hair like things. It detects the movement of prey.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The scary deep sea dragonfish
The deep sea dragonfish is the top predator of the abyss. The scaly dragonfish has a luminous rod on its chin. The rod attracts prey and when the prey comes close, it snaps it with its very powerful jaws. Fact: Some species of dragonfish have extendable jaws!