The Fangtooth and the Blob Fish

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The Fangtooth VS the Blob Fish; the dreaded Fangtooth
The Blob Fish, believe it or not, has the potential to swim up rivers and ooze from your shower head. The bloated bottom dweller, which can grow up to 12 inches, lives at depths of up to 2,700 feet, is now in danger of being wiped out. Although incredibly frightening, is this actually more horrifying than the dreadful Fangtooth? The Fangtooth looks like it could devour the average person’s dog, and probably could if there were dogs in its environment. This fish’s home at depths of the ocean, penetrating more than 3,000 feet of ocean water. If compared to the body size, its teeth are the longest among all fish. To close the mouth, this fish has two deep lateral sockets around the brain to contain these teeth. According to some, the deep sea Fangtooth is the scariest fish around. Surprisingly, Fangtooths only grow to a length of about 6 inches. The fins are small, simple, and spineless; the scales are embedded in the skin and take the form of thin plates. As compensation for reduced eyes, the lateral line is well-developed and appears as an open groove. The Fangtooth also can travel in schools, almost as if a pack of Dracula fish. According to BBC's Blue Planet- The Deep -, “the Fangtooth has the largest teeth of any fish in the ocean, proportionate to body size. The juveniles are morphologically quite different - unlike the adults, they possess long spines on the head and preoperculum, larger eyes, a functional gas bladder, long and slender gill rakers, much smaller and depressible teeth, and are a light gray in colour. These differences once caused the two life stages to be classed as distinct species.” Fangtooths are more commonly found between 200 - 2,000 meters (660 - 6,560 feet), and juveniles apparently stay within the upper reaches of this range. They may undergo migrations as is common with many deep-sea fish: by day these fish remain in the gloomy depths and towards evening they rise to the upper...
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