As human beings, it’s easy to feel separate from each other, let alone other species. While we connect with land animals much more than their water-bound counterparts, these fish definitely help bridge the gap.
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The red-lipped batfish (Ogcocephalus Darwin), also known as the Galapagos batfish, actually has red lips, as its name suggests, and legitimately looks like a person. Scientists believe that the lips enhance its recognition during spawning. It can be found around the Galapagos Islands, typically doesn’t grow longer than a foot, and feeds on other small fish and crustaceans. The way it’s built allows it to sit and even walk, like a human, and that, along with its indifferent facial expression, makes for a pretty hilarious image. Check out the video at the end of the article to see it in action...
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The blob sculpin (Psychrolutes phrictus), also known as the blobfish, looks super depressed. It's a deepwater fish found in the Pacific Ocean that can be as large as over two feet long (70 cm). The blob eats a variety of invertebrates such as crustaceans, sea pens and gastropod mollusks. The males guard the nest after the females lay the eggs, and all of this takes place a far as 3000m below the surface where it’s incredibly dark and cold. No wonder they’re so sad.
The northern stargazer (Astroscopus guttatus) also resides deep in the sea, but it’s angrier about it than our previous fish. This anger translates into the amazing ability to deliver an electric charge to fight off predators. It’s a bit smaller than the blobfish at a little under two feet (56 cm) and can be found around the Chesapeake Bay. Its diet consists of a variety of crustaceans, smaller fish and crabs that it hunts by burying itself in the sand and using its upward facing, vacuum-like mouth to ambush the prey.