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Sep 14 2013

Terrifying Deep Sea Creature!

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Atlantic Wolf-Fish

This scary looking deep sea monster is one of the scariest fish in the world and while it looks fearsome, the Atlantic wolffish is really no threat to humans.

Also known as the wolf eel, Atlantic catfish or sea-wolf, it is the largest of the wolffish family reaching almost 5 feet long and weighing up to 40 lbs.

Meet the Atlantic Sea-Wolf

Seen on both the west and east coast of the Atlantic, the most dense populations are in the gorges bank and gulf of Maine. While its most distinguishing feature that gives them their name, is that both lower and upper jaws each have four to six conical teeth.

One of the more interesting characteristics of this scary creature is their ability to produce a natural antifreeze that enables their blood to continue to move fluidly in the brutally cold waters they live in.

The fearful fish is primarily stationary, living on the ocean floor in depths up to 400 feet, usually only coming out of the nooks and small caves they live in to ambush & attack prey that happen to come by.

They are key in curbing species that are disruptive to habitats like the green crab and sea urchin, but their diet also includes mollusks and crustaceans.

Unlike other fish, the wolf-fish internally fertilizes their eggs before depositing them for the male wolffish to stand guard over the next and protect the eggs for up to four months. The Atlantic wolffish is listed as a species of concern due to over fishing and bycatch with a 95% decline of bycatch numbers from 1983 to 2007.

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