hatchetfishimage credit: groonk.net

hatchetfishimage credit: science7miller.glogster.com
Habitat: tropical and subtropical deep ocean waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans
Status: Not Evaluated

No Halloween special would be complete without a creepy deep sea fish or two so here’s the deep sea Hatchetfish. It’s large bulbous eyes have evolved to cope with the near darkness of its habitat by allowing it to see even the faintest bit of light.

To me these fish don’t really look that scary they look more sad. Maybe they’re crying out to us for companionship, since I would assume living hundreds of meters below the surface of the ocean must be grounds for a very lonely existence. Not sure I would go out of my way to help befriend them though…