Five Weird Fishes of The World

The world of science had made tremendous amount of progress in the past decades. We have sent man to the moon. We are exploring other planets and stars, which are millions and millions of miles away. Though this might be the case, it is surprising that we know very little about the ocean depths of planet earth. We know more about the surface of the moon than we know about the deep oceans of the world. More than 90% of the deep oceans are still unexplored and waiting to be discovered.
The depths of the oceans are filled with strange-looking creatures, which we humans have never laid our eyes upon. These creatures can be huge and can be described as creatures from a nightmare. They can be as small as tiny worms and with fascinating colours. All of these things are just waiting to be unveiled and we humans are now only beginning to explore this new and alien world.
The focus of this article is five strange fishes of the oceans.


Lumpsuckers otherwise known as lumpfish are small marine fishes that range in size from 2 to 50 cm. They prefer cold environment so they are mostly found in North Atlantic, North Pacific and Arctic oceans. Lumpsuckers have almost a spherical body with dull colours. The fish’s pelvic fins are modified to form adhesive discs, which are used to adhere to hard surfaces. Being poor swimmers, they are found in the bottom or near the bottom of the ocean floor. They also use this to their advantage, as their colouration is dull and muddy, allowing the fish to camouflage easily. They are found in depths ranging from 100 m to 1700 m. Lumpsuckers feed on worms, crustaceans and soft-bodied organisms (molluscs). Pacific cods and sable fish are known to predate on lumpsuckers.

In the gourmet kitchen, the eggs from lumpfish, which comes in attractive red or black colours, are served as beautiful, world-renowned caviar.

Dumbo Octopus

If you are a fan of Disney cartoons, then you will know who Dumbo is; an elephant with very large ears. Dumbo octopus is a living creature in very deep parts of the ocean, usually up to 3 to 4 km deep and sometimes can be sighted as deep as 7 km. The largest specimen ever found weighed 5.9 kg, although the normal size is thought to be smaller. They can grow up to 6 feet long. Dumbo octopus belongs to the same family as other octopus but its features and behaviour is very different from the normal octopus, which make them special. The most peculiar behaviour of the Dumbo octopus is that it swallows its prey whole. It feeds mainly on crustaceans, worms and bivalves. Those that hover at the bottom prefer to hunt cephalopods. These octopuses move around by pulsating their arms/tentacles or by blowing water or by flipping their ear-like fins or by the combination of all the above.

Longhorn cowfish

A variety of the boxfish, growing up to 20 inches long, longhorn cowfish is a weird-looking fish with a triangular box-like body. If you have seen a bull then it will not be that hard to imagine how longhorn cowfish looks like. You can compare the horns of a longhorn cowfish to that of a bull. It is easily identified by the long horns that protrude from the front of its head. Another weird feature of the longhorn cowfish is its missing gill slits. Instead of slits, it has a hole. They are found in the Indo Pacific region. These creatures live a solitary life and live in reefs where sand or rubble is present. Longhorn cowfish eat almost anything because they are omnivores. One of the most interesting features of this fish is the unusual way in which it finds its food buried under the seabed. It blows a jet of water in to the sandy bottom to expose hidden creatures.

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41 Responses to “Five Weird Fishes of The World”
  1. lauralu Says...

    On April 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    very interesting and nice photos!

  2. jennifer eiffel01 Says...

    On April 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Fascinating and I, too like the pictures.

  3. papaleng Says...

    On April 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    fascinating animals and great photos.

  4. yes me Says...

    On April 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive… why? did I let it go.
    Because it bit my little toe. cheers

  5. Eunike Says...

    On April 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Informative info.

  6. sensation Says...

    On April 16, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Nice Post with good snaps. The lionfish looks spectacular.

  7. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On April 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

    This is interesting. I don’t know nearly enough about marine life.

  8. pulsananda Says...

    On April 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    nice fish

  9. Martin Kloess Says...

    On April 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    glad to see you back

  10. Angelji Says...

    On April 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Wow Safa this is so beautiful ,it catches my eyes ..thank, you took time in writing again..You write more and more.

  11. jennyreeve Says...

    On April 17, 2012 at 3:21 am

    They are beautiful fish, even if they look a little odd.

  12. momofplenty Says...

    On April 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

    eeew, the longhorn looks creepy…..

  13. erwinkennythomas Says...

    On April 17, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    extremely good

  14. Tulan Says...

    On April 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    very interesting,

  15. LCM Linda Says...

    On April 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    It is my first time to learn about these five weird fishes. Some of them look beautiful. Marine life is wonderful.

  16. onestep234 Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 4:06 am

    weird but beautiful creatures

  17. Dreamy777 Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

    neat article with really cool pics

  18. Lisa Marie Mottert Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Gorgeous pictures, informative and detailed…excellent article, Safa!
    I agree with you… society needs to pay more attention to the sea life…

  19. Martin Kloess Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Don’t miss today’s poem – forsaken

  20. Steven West Says...

    On April 19, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Very fascinating. Excellent photos and article.

  21. avissado Says...

    On April 19, 2012 at 5:17 am

    WOW I like your articles and the images are awesome!

  22. dwisuka Says...

    On April 19, 2012 at 6:42 am

    beautiful animals

  23. zulfikar Says...

    On April 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

    nice piece of work. still we don’t know about lot of things.

  24. Tiki33 Says...

    On April 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Wonderfully done. You have displayed awesome pictures and great details. Thanks!

  25. TIPS2TRICKS Says...

    On April 20, 2012 at 11:53 am


  26. sheilanewton Says...

    On April 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Tremendous article. Go, girl!

    On another note – I think I remember writing to you and avissado at the same time. I might have said ‘how’s Barnsley?’ If I did, I apologise. I got you too mixed up by trying to do too much at once! Haha!

  27. mohitraj321 Says...

    On April 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    its amazing

  28. juliachild Says...

    On April 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    good article,thanks

  29. LadyElena Says...

    On April 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Wow… they are very unique. I would love some of them in a home aquarium.

  30. mr good Says...

    On April 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    very interesting and nice photos! Thanks

  31. mohitraj321 Says...

    On April 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    very interesting

  32. girishpuri Says...

    On April 27, 2012 at 12:37 am

    yeah, weird

  33. DS DUBY Says...

    On May 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    You definitely have a way with the fish my friend. Great article and pics.

  34. Tiki33 Says...

    On May 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Just awesome!

  35. girishpuri Says...

    On May 4, 2012 at 8:28 am

    they think they are beautiful…lol

  36. Ketop Joze Says...

    On May 5, 2012 at 4:41 am

    unique, what about if they are in your aquarium?

  37. Sithin.T.S Says...

    On May 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Now that’s really weird

  38. realityspeaks Says...

    On May 13, 2012 at 9:30 am


  39. dodolbete Says...

    On June 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Amazing fishes ^_^

  40. KittyK Says...

    On June 4, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Gosh, these are very weird looking fish….ugh!

  41. gaby7 Says...

    On October 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

    My Goodness! Thank God i have no opportunity to come face to face with these seas creatures!

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