FEATURED ANIMAL OF THE WEEK!
We’ve got a deep sea spooktacular fish for the featured animal this week! There are so many alien and creepy looking creatures in the dark depths of our oceans- many of which haven’t even been discovered! Come meet this one…
Range/Habitat: tropical- sub-tropical ocean waters/deep oceans
Diet: Carnivore: crustaceans, copepods, and anything they can get
Length: 3 ¼”
Conservation Status: unknown
- Spookfish have a very odd shape.
- They have transparent white bodies and long thin transparent pectoral (side) that are half the length of their bodies.
- The Spookfish most spectacular adaptation is their eyes. They are tubular and point upwards.
- Spookfish have a second eye on the side of their eye. It looks like a black spot.
- The second eye is actually part of the primary eye and points downward. It acts as a mirror and is thought to help the spookfish find animal are bioluminescent. (They have chemicals in their body that give of light.)
It’s only been in the last few years that scientist figured out how the Spookfish’s eye works. They aren’t seen very often because they live so deep in the ocean! Wow!