World’s Most Terrifying Fish

World’s Most Terrifying Fish

You’ll be shocked, which creatures are still living beneath the water surface. Here are the most terrifying fish in the ocean.

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7: The Snakehead
Members of the Channidae family, snakeheads got their name based on their elongated body shapes and the snake-like scales on their heads. They can be found in various regions on the African and Asian continents. Snakeheads have sharp teeth, large mouths and long dorsal fins. The largest species can exceed 3 feet in length. Adults are thrust-feeders and mainly prey on smaller fish. One of the most distinctive features that snakeheads species share is the development of supra-branchial organs when they mature. These organs allow the fish to breathe in air through their gills
6: The Red Lionfish
Although the red lionfish is mainly found in the coral reef regions of the Indo-Pacific, they are also found, as an invasive species, in the Caribbean Sea and along the US East Coast. It is believed that they were initially introduced off Florida’s region in the 1980’s. They are considered an invasive species in these regions because they threaten the marine ecosystem by unbalancing the existing food
5: Payara
Hydrolycus scomberoides, also known as the payara or ‘vampire fish’ is a predatory fish endemic to the Amazon Basin. It has the potential of reaching lengths of up to 3.8 feet and weights of almost 40 pounds. Because of the two fangs on its lower jaw the payara has also been called the Saber Tooth Tigerfish. Its diet consists mostly of other smaller fish which it impales using its long fangs. These ‘sabers’ can grow as long as 4 to 6 inches and are capable of easily piercing through human skin. The payara has been known to routinely consume piranhas and this usually
4: The Goliath Tigerfish
The hydrocynus is a genus of fish commonly referred to as ‘tigerfish’ because of their aggressive temperament and predatory behavior. Aside from overpowering and consuming other fish, members of the hydrocynus genus have also been proven to be the only freshwater fish which attack birds in flight. They are mainly found in the African continent. In 1949, renowned angler L.J. McCormick stated that ‘the Tigerfish of Africa is the fiercest fish that swims’. The largest member of the genus is the Hydrocynus goliath also known as the goliath tigerfish or mbenga. It is endemic to the Congo River Basin and Lake Tanganyika. The name ‘mbenga’ is associated with an evil spirit that, local legends claim
3: The Goonch Catfish
The goonch catfish, also known as the giant devil catfish is part of a genus of fish called Bagarius which contains four other species. The goonch is the largest of the four weighing over 200 pounds and reaching lengths of almost 6.6 feet. Their physical characteristics are similar to those of other catfish species and include broad heads and mouths, wide gill openings and fins which have filamentous extensions. They are mainly found in regions with fast moving rivers in South and Southeast Asia. In recent years the goonch catfish has gathered a reputation as a ‘man eater’
2: Puffer Fish
Puffer fish are commonly referred to as blowfish. This is mainly due to their ability to increase in size, several times their normal proportions, in order to intimidate predators. Their incredibly elastic stomachs enable them to quickly ingest a large amount of water and even air until they become a ball that makes it almost impossible for predators to consume them. In addition to this defense mechanism, some species also develop spines on their bodies thus effectively preventing any possible ingestion. Most puffer fish species also contain a substance called tetrodotoxin. Although it is often lethal for any predators that consume
1: Stonefish
The stonefish lives in the estuaries, rock or coral formations in the shallow coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is a thick fish with small eyes, a large head and a large mouth. Its skin has a bumpy texture and is often covered with lumps which are similar to warts. Because it is able to blend with the surrounding environment so well, the stonefish usually rests at the bottom, often completely motionless. It is mainly an ambush predator capable of delivering a swift attack, swallowing its prey in 0.015 seconds. The stonefish is widely considered to be the most

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