The world is filled with many fish. There’s the tasty, the scary, the small, the large, and of course, the ugly fish. The deep parts of the sea has a specialty for spawning some of the ugliest behemoths known to man (and many still unknown). Here’s a list of some of the world’s 10 meanest, ugliest, and most frightening fish you’ll ever see.
10.) The Megamouth Shark
Although its gaping maw may seem ferocious and intimidating, the megamouth shark is nothing to be afraid of. Like the whale shark and basking shark, it is a filter feeder, sifting plankton and jellyfish through its mouth. The megamouth shark is one of the most poorly understood sharks in the world. Only 49 specimens have been recovered by humans and only 3 recordings of live specimens have been made. From what we know, the megamouth shark can grow up to a whopping 18 feet in length and weigh more than 2,600 pounds.
9.) The Viperfish
Being killers of the deep, viperfish require no less than what they are equipped with. Viperfish boast some of the worst teeth in the Animal kingdom. They have a slight overbite and needle-like teeth that are used to impale their prey. Because their teeth are so massive, viperfish cannot close their mouth. Viperfish also have bioluminescent photophores that run down the length of their body. Along with their lure that acts like a fishing rod, the viperfish uses these to attract prey. When the prey gets too close to the viperfish, it quickly lunges out and swiftly kills its prey. Viperfish are estimated to live up to 30 years and grow up to 2 feet in length. Pretty freaky, eh?
8.) The Cookie Cutter Shark
Since the advent of the cookie cutter shark, cutting cookies has never been easier! That is, cutting cookie-shaped chunks out of large filter feeders, marine mammals, and of course, humans! Although only 17 to 22 inches in length, at first sight the cookie cutter would love to take a nice round chunk out of your flesh. Cookie cutter sharks have light-emitting photophores on their belly and live up to 2.3 miles underwater, migrating towards the surface at night.
7.) The Long Nosed Chimaera
Being a member of an ancient order of cartilaginous fish, the long nosed chimaera is a distant cousin to sharks. The reason why this creature has made this list is not for its killer instincts, but for its utter unpleasantness. Although its snout may seem to bear no use and only weigh down the creature, it serves a good purpose. Holding many nerve endings, the snout is used to find small fish for a tasty snack. Along with this, the first dorsal fin has a spine that is mildly poisonous, but still harmful to predators that try to attack the long nosed chimaera. These creatures range from 2 to 4.6 feet as an adult.