Tag Archive: fish

May 17

Coelacanth: The Fish That Time Forgot

On 22 December 1938, Marjorie Courtney-Latimer, the museum curator of East London in South Africa, got an early Christmas present. She was friends with the captain of a local trawler, Hendrick Goosen, and on this particular day she found among his haul a most unusual and prehistoric-looking fish. Though she did not know what it …

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Jan 19

Into the Abyss Part 3: A Monstrous Miscellany

Welcome to the final article of Deep Sea Week. To round off this celebration of the weird, wild and wacky denizens of the deep, it’s time for a monstrous miscellany – a look at some of the animals cut from previous articles that were just too downright extraordinary and intriguing to ignore. Blobfish The infamous …

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Jan 15

Into the Abyss Part 1: Deep-Sea Fishing

The deep sea makes up almost 80% of the space on our planet available for life. This makes it easily the largest habitat on Earth. So far, we have explored a mere 1% of this vast space. This is hardly surprising when you consider that there are barely a dozen submersibles in the world that …

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Jan 13

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Barreleye

The most unexplored habitat on Earth is the ocean deep. We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the very bottom of our seas. But from what little we have explored, we have discovered a very strange and mysterious world, filled with creatures that can boggle the mind. Take this …

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Nov 29

Do Fish Drink? (and other mini questions)

In September, I published a post entitled ‘Why are moths attracted to flames? (and other mini questions)’, which aimed to answer questions about the natural world that were neither large nor detailed enough to have their own entries. But one post certainly wasn’t enough to answer the myriad of mysteries concerning the animal kingdom, so …

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Sep 25

Realm of the Troglobites

Caves are very dark places. If you have never experienced the complete and utter blackness of a cave, it is somewhat difficult to appreciate just how black black can be. Sitting in your wardrobe with your hands over your eyes on the darkest night of the year doesn’t even come close. This total absence of …

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Aug 30

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Deep-Sea Anglerfish

The deep-sea anglerfish never looks happy. I can understand why. You’d be pretty cranky all the time, too, if you were that profoundly ugly and lived a few miles down in the lonely, completely lightless and desolate habitat that is the great ocean abyss. Life can’t get much bleaker. Or can it? Well, for a …

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