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This is a blue marlin. It is usually found in the open ocean of the pacific ocean. The male fish is about 14 feet long and weighs nearly one ton. The female marlin fish is about 12 feet long and weighs about 1400 pounds. The reason it is called the blue marlin is because it has a blues black back. the blue marlin usually eats small fish like sardines and mackaral. it can eat large groups of small fish at once. These fish are popular for open ocean fishing. I think this fish is really cool.Thanks for looking. Dylan

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This is a gulper eel. It is one of the most bizzare creatures in the ocean. It is about 10 feet long. It can swallow something as big as itself. Its mouth can open up about 1-2 feet, so it can swallow lots of fish at the same time, it can even swallow a snipe eel or bigger fish. It lives 5000-6500 feet below the surface of the ocean. It is usually black or dark green in color and sometimes has a white line or groove on either side of the dorsal fin. they have small teeth. Not much is known about the habitat of the Gulper eel. thank you for looking at this eel. Dylan

This is a Mauve Stinger. It is 5 – 12 feet in diamater. It is very poisionous to humans and other fish. they eat small fish and Moon Jellyfish.  They stingers can grow to be 10-12 inches long. They live in the pacific ocean. As you can see it is very colorful. They are not a big species of Jellyfish. These Mauve Stingers live 100 feet to 200 feet down in the ocean. It has lights near the end of its body as you can see in the picture. It is Not the smallest jellyfish (the smallest is the box jellyfish) The Mauve Stinger has a unusually long stinger which most jellyfish don’t have. This Jellyfish has red spots near the top of its body. I thin this jellyfish is really cool. Thank you for looking at this fish. Dylan H

The viperfish is one of the most unusual-looking fish in the deep sea. It is also one of the most popular and well-known species. Known scientifically as Chauliodus sloani, it is one of the fiercest predators of the deep. This fish can be easily recognized by its large mouth and sharp, fang-like teeth. In fact, these fangs are so large that they will not fit inside the mouth. Instead, they curve back very close to the fish’s eyes. The viperfish is thought to use these sharp teeth to impale its victims by swimming at them at high speeds. The first vertebra, right behind the head, is actually designed to act as a shock absorber. This fearsome looking creature has a long dorsal spine that is tipped with a photophore, a light-producing organ. The viperfish uses this light organ to attract its prey through a process known as bioluminescence. By flashing the light on and off, it can be used like a fishing lure to attract smaller fish.

Closeup of viperfish showing its large teeth
Closeup of viperfish showing its large teeth
(Image courtesy of Danté Fenolio)

In spite of its ferocious appearance, the viperfish is a relatively small animal, growing to about 11 or 12 inches (30 centimeters) in length. It is usually dark silvery blue in color, but its coloration can vary from green to silver or black. Although the main light organ is located at the end of the elongated dorsal fin ray, there are also several photophores located all along the side of the fish. These may help to camouflage the fish from predators lurking below. These lights make its bottom side appear to blend in with the extremely faint light filtering down from above. They may also serve to attract prey and communicate with potential mates or rivals.

The unusually large teeth of the viperfish help it to grab hold of its prey at it hunts in the darkness. Viperfish have been observed hanging motionless in the water, waving their lures over their heads like a fishing pole to attract their meals. They have a hinged skull, which can be rotated up for swallowing unusually large prey. They also have very large stomachs that allow them to stock up on food whenever it is plentiful. Viperfish feed primarily on crustaceans and small fish. Like many deep-sea creatures, they are known to migrate vertically throughout the day. During daytime hours they are usually found in deep water down to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters). At night they travel up to shallower waters at depths of less than 2,000 feet (600 meters) where food is more plentiful. Viperfish have a very low basal metabolic rate, which means they can go for days without food. This adaptation is likely a result of the scarce nature of food in the deep sea. Viperfish are known to be preyed upon by sharks and some species of dolphin.

Image of a viperfish; notice the light organ on top of the extended dorsal fin ray

This is a oar fish. They live in the deep sea. They are the largest bony fish in the ocean. It comes to the water surface to eat smaller fish. They are about 55 to 65 feet long. They have been observed 20 feet below the water surface they live 3,000 feet down. I think this is a big and cool fish. Thank you for looking. pleas leave a comment. Dylan

 

this is a chambered nautilus. It lives 1800 feet below in the ocean. They have spiral-ish type shell. they have been around for over 400 million years. they are related to other shell fish like squid. cuddlefish and octopus. Sometimes they eat small squid and small fish. the life of the nautilus and its habits are still largely a mystery. they look like a squid in a shell. they have up to 90 separate tenticles. the tenticles are used to catch shrimp. at night the chambered nautilus rises to shallow water to find food. the chambered nautilus’ shell is white and red to white and brown. thank you for looking at this ocean creature. Please comment! Dylan.

This is a shortfin Mako shark. They are about 10 feet long. They have a short dorsal fin. You can see that some of the teeth actually grow out of their lip. Their teeth are about 2 inches long or longer. They are razor sharp. They eat smaller fish and squid. They are fierce preditors. They rarely attack people. As you can see the shark has black eyes. Other fish swim near them because when the Mako shark attacks and eats the food it leave scraps and the other fish eat that. They live near the top of the ocean. the shark has a great sense of smell for finding prey. The Mako shark lives mostly in the Pacific Ocean. I think the Mako shark is fierce but pretty cool too. I Hope you leave a comment on this shark. Dylan

this is a porcupine fish not puffed up. You can still see its spikes but they cannot hurt humans when there not puffed up. Puffer fish live in the pacific ocean near coral reefs. Now lets look at it all puffed up!!! It is poisionous if you get poked by it. They puff up for defense if they feel threatned.  Puffer fish are about 3-1/2 inches around when they are puffed up. Puffer fish eat smaller fish. I think this is a really cool fish. Thank you for looking. Dylan

this is a Spook fish. It has a transparent head.  It is a scavenger that means it eats fish that get killed and fall to the bottom of the deep sea. it lives 3000-5000 feet down in the ocean. it was first discovered in california in the montery bay area which is the pacific ocean. it is 6 inches long.. it had been known since 1939. it has grayish barrel like eyes beneath a green dome which may filter light. I think this fish is really weird! Dylan

this is a fangtooth. it lives in many oceans of the world. it looks big but its only 6 inches long. this fish lives 16,000 feet down. its teeth are about 2-1/2 – 3 inches long. The body of the fish is covered in small prickly scales. The color of these fangtooh fish are black to dark brown. it has very small eyes and it cannot see very good. it senses the water vibrations to help is navigate.it eats smaller squid and other smaller fish. They are one of the deepest living fish in the ocean. about 50 or 60 people have only dived in a submarine that low.so not very many people have seen this fish. its teeth make it hard for the fish to close its mouth. but it does have pockets inside its mouth for the teeth to go into when it closes.  they are not dangerous to humans. I think this is a really cool fish. Dylan