Did you know that to date, we have explored less than 5% of the ocean? So much of the deep sea is unexplored that it isn’t too difficult to find something that hasn’t been seen before. Indeed, so much remains to be learned exploring the mysteries of the deep.
Interestingly, during NOAA`S Okeanos exploration of the Mona Canyon off the coast of Puerto Rico the explorers filmed a deep-sea fish along the bottom. What`s interesting about this type of fish is that it uses modified fins to walk across the seafloor, making it appear as if it has feet. The fish in question is The Pink Frogmouth, Chaunax pictus, a type of anglerfish.
“This fish has been living for so long here that its fins have changed into something more useful – feet. They help it shuffle about on the sea floor.”
Year dear readers, you`ve read right! Hundreds of meters beneath the ocean`s surface lives a unique fish which walks along the seafloor using its fins as little legs. It has a unicorn-like fin upon its head which glows in the dark and attracts prey.
Also, recently scientists found that the pink frogmouth, and other members of the taxonomic family, have a pretty unique ability of holding breath underwater, for as long as 4 minutes.
Fish breathe by swallowing oxygen-containing water and then pumping it through the gills, where the oxygen is removed. However, the pink frogmouth has the ability to hold this oxygen-containing water in its gills without exhaling! Consequently, its volume can increase by staggering 30%. There are a couple of reasons for this behavior: it could be of great help when it comes to warding off predators, and it could also be a way of saving energy in an environment which lacks pray.
Chaunax Pictus Facts
- Classification/ Names: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes (Anglerfishes) > Chaunacidae (Sea toads)
- Etymology: Chaunax: Greek, chaunax, -akos = a conceited man
- Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range: Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 200 – 978 m; Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean.
- Short Description: Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 5 – 7. Rosy in color with golden spots on head and body; fins pink; front of esca dusky with rosy colored stem.
- Food: Exclusively shrimp.
- Threat to humans: Harmless