Deep Romance

Angler Fish - Ready to hit the singles sceneI ended up watching Animal Planet while eating my dinner. A show was on about deep sea creatures. There are some bizarre beasties floating around down there. With this one species of fish, the male is about 10 times smaller than the female. He hunts around for a mate and when he finds her and keeps biting at her until he gets a good grip. Then, after a while they become fused and spend the rest of their life together. The male turns into an appendage and is nourished through the food she takes in, providing in exchange a viable stream of sperm. Talk about codependency!

Then there is this shrimp-like thing that craps out a bioluminescent depth charge to evade predators. To think that Earth is just one planet in a small solar system in a small galaxy, in a gigantic universe that we can’t even begin to truly comprehend…

8 thoughts on “Deep Romance

  1. >the natural world definately has a sense of humour !
    >my grandpa used to make us watch those nature programmes whilst we ate our tea -no wonder i became a vegetarian 🙂

  2. One thing about the Angler fish i find quite odd, is its expandibility, in such crushing depths. This fish, can swallow something about 10 times the size of it, and it becomes a overinflated bloated replica of itself, and its internal organs arent crushed. Its habitat is so pressurized it will compress us into peices of flesh.

    Isn’t that a bit odd, I find it very odd, how it can expand like that. Its just pure silly, and I find the deep sea specimens quite nerve wracking and evil looking. They look like something out of a Freddy Kreuger Movie.

  3. I did a project on anglerfish. I know a lot about them. they are really cool. they are my new favorite animals. mostly the females, though are my favorites. it is true, however, that they are ugly, but that is probably because they never get any light. It is very amazing that they can live there at the bottom of the sea wheras we would be killed if we went down there. they adapted very well. the reason there belly expands is that there is very little food down there in the ”deep blue sea”, so they need to grab food whhile they can. I am going to be a marine bioligist when I grow up.

  4. I did a project on the anglerfish, too! I love them. they are the best fish in the world. the light stalk on there heads are because of bioluminscence. I read somewhere that the way the angler fish mate is an act of sexaul adaptations to the extremes. did you know that the anglerfish is featured in finding nemo? It is incorrect, though. the anglerfish lives very deep underwater andthe othere fish would not be able to survive the pressure. it is still a good movie, though. I am 9 and I am gonna be a marine bioligist when I grow up- just like beatrice.

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