Trachyrincus murrayi, Roughnose grenadier (1)

photo: DESCANA; Martin Nielsen and Julius Nielsen

Habitat: Northeast Atlantic: Iceland. Southwest Pacific: east of New Zealand Western Atlantic
Status: Not Evaluated

This benthopelagic fish known as the Roughnose Grenadier (Trachyrincus murrayi) is one ugly looking critter. It can be found anywhere from 400 – 1630 m below the ocean, which gives it a pretty wide turf to hang out in. Something about those huge, bulbous black eyes and sharp, almost needle-like nose really freaks me out.

Of course, they’re harmless to humans – unless, of course, you believe looks really can kill. Then you’re doomed. No offense, Mr. Grenadier.