Sep 6, 2008

Hunting Beak

You wouldn't know it from this angle, but the Pacific Spookfish (Rhinochimaera pacificus) has a long beak. This shot is from a head-on angle. The spookfish lives in the deep sea, and has been recently profiled in The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss.

The long beak that you don't see houses mucus-filled sensory canals and pits to help it hunt down the shellfish and crustaceans it eats. Though I've left my teenage years behind me, I wish I had known about this back when pimples were a problem. I could have claimed that they weren't pimples at all, but rather that they were mucus-filled sensory canals and pits to help me hunt. Hunting apparatus instead of acne. I like that.

Thanks for the link, Danielle.

Photo source: Claire Nouvian via PhotoShelter.com

5 comments:

Denita TwoDragons said...

I'm digging the super-thick-nerd-glasses look. Kinda reminds me of someone I knew in high school, only with a big wad of tape to keep the bridge of my--er, I mean HER--glasses together.

--TwoDragons

niner said...

Denita, I had those too! Err... my friend did, of course. It sucks when you have such a terrible prescription that you have the double-extra-thick lenses.

However, this fish makes it look cute.

Creepy Sheep said...

Eek! This fish is far cuter than the pacific spookfish, I think it's a Jellyfaced Spookfish, Winteria Telescopa. No word on whether these guys have hunting acne...

Flartus said...

I just found this blog and really enjoy the commentary! It's things like "mucus-filled sensory canals" that just keep me coming back for more.

Raging Wombat said...

"Come for the mucus-filled sensory canals, stay for the acne." That could be the new tagline for Ugly Overload.