Jan 31, 2006

Public Service Announcement

Don't think for a moment that we at Ugly Overload aren't mindful of our civic duties. The good folks at Caymannetnews.com are trying to identify this fish that washed ashore, and have asked their readers to help solve the mystery. We are more than willing to help out, and ask our own readers to participate in this cause.















A few things to note in this fish that might help us with the identification: it is ugly, it has a big mouth with needle teeth, it has bulgey eyes (maybe from decompression?), it is ugly, it has a long, eel-like tail, oh, ya, and it is ugly. Please help us identify this creature. Help science.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This large species occurs right around the world in deep water. It was described in 1887 from an animal collected from the nearby Kermadec Islands , north of New Zealand . It is the second largest member of this diverse family of deep-sea fishes. Rattails get their name from their long narrow tail. Different species have very different head shapes, depending on their lifestyles. This large species has a rounded head and a mouth which faces forward to catch squid and fish that swim up off the seafloor. As in most other rattails, the males of this species have a special drum machine on their swim bladder that is used to attract females. They have to be careful though, as other fish like morid cods have hydrophones on their swim bladders to hunt down the sources of such noises.

Anonymous said...

This large species occurs right around the world in deep water. It was described in 1887 from an animal collected from the nearby Kermadec Islands , north of New Zealand . It is the second largest member of this diverse family of deep-sea fishes. Rattails get their name from their long narrow tail. Different species have very different head shapes, depending on their lifestyles. This large species has a rounded head and a mouth which faces forward to catch squid and fish that swim up off the seafloor. As in most other rattails, the males of this species have a special drum machine on their swim bladder that is used to attract females. They have to be careful though, as other fish like morid cods have hydrophones on their swim bladders to hunt down the sources of such noises.

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