What’s lurking down the ocean is not always how you imagined it to be. You probably would think of colorful fishes, swaying seaweeds and lovely corals. With that alluring aquamarine water surface, who would ever thought something monstrous can be hidden down there.
Well here’s the catch. That enticing water kingdom is just a front. What really is hiding deep down there is this aquatic beast.
Look at those big bulging atrocious eyes! Those are not there just to scare you off. That can actually collect light, even the faintest, to make them see things clearly even from afar. The position of their eyes also allows them to see predators from above. This marine hatchet fish is a deep-sea creature that can be found in Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean where temperature is tropical, subtropical or temperate. There is over 40 species of this kind.
Wonder how they survive in the dark waters? They have bioluminescence just like their relatives. This serves as a protection from predators. It is a form of camouflage where they produce light to match their background. This ability is also involved in their mating rituals. They prey during the night and eat planktons, crustacean and tiny fish mostly. Even if they are considered to be deep-sea creatures, living in depths ranging from 600-4500 feet, they can jump from the water and catch insects like mosquitoes and flies. This is probably because of their small bodies ranging from 1.1 inches to 4.7 inches.
Their kind don’t live that long. Their lifespan can last up to less than a year only. However they are able to release large amount of small eggs which means that they will always be more of them lurking in the dark oceans!