The Ugly Fish of deep ocean: my Top List 12 of them

When we going to diving we expect to get a lot’s of fun after meeting amazing fishes,corals, sea creatures.But is it really all is so perfect?

I want to show you with another side of underwater life.

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Let’s take a look at the next list of 12 world’s ugliest fishes:

1. Blobfish

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The blobfish might look extremely unpleasant to most people if they asked about it. In any case these ugly fishes are highly polarized despite the shape and appearance that they possess. Their faces look as if melting under the sun.That tiny gelatinized fish was once voted one of the world’s tastiest animals. However, that’ll never be possible while swimming and scubatising in your water. It is a deepwater fish that lays between 3600 feet and 1800 feet underwater.

 There are times when pressure can be more than 100 times higher than the atmospheric pressure we currently experience, so fish have adapted to that. Soft bones and little muscle make up its squishy body. Decompression can cause a blobfish’s skin to relax, causing its features to be distorted when it is caught in nets and brought to the surface. Moreover, its gelatinous tissue collapses to a shapeless mass when it is exposed to land or a boat’s deck, much like a washed-up jellyfish.

The blobfish is very similar to a fish at the depth. They have slightly bulbous heads, pronounced black eyes and feathery pectoral fins. They have pinkish-grey bodies and a tadpole-like tail. The average blobfish weighs under 2kg and is less than 30cm long.

 A blobfish lives in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. It inhabits the seas around and between Australia and New Zealand.

2. Lumpfish

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Saltwater fish, lumpfish generally live in the North Atlantic but sometimes their range reaches as far as the Chesapeake Bay. Their skin-covered fins give them a crest-like appearance on their backs and each of their sides has three rows of bony protrusions.

There are many lumps, ridges and bumps on the lumpfish as its name suggests. There are spots on its body and fleshy knobs.

Lumpfish differ in color, but most tend to be greenish or gray. Breeding season causes males’ undersides to turn reddish-purple and females’ to turn blue-green. An extremely thick layer of skin covers their first dorsal fin on their back, forming a distinctive crest without any visible spines. Large, boney protrusions are found along the sides of lumpfish. They are equipped with suction disks on their pelvic fins, which allow them to attach themselves to rocks and other objects.

A lumpfish can live for six to seven years in the wild, but the oldest known lumpfish was 14 years old.

Their length can reach two feet and they can weigh up to 21 pounds.

Salmon farmers rely on lumpfish.

Farmer use lumpfish in the protection of cultured salmon since they killed a sea lice.

3. Monkfish

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There isn’t anything particularly charming about monkfish in the North Atlantic, with their enormous spiny heads, small eyes, and fang-like teeth. It is distinguished by its big head size and mouth.The Grand Banks and the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence are the breeding grounds for these bottom-dwelling fish.

This ugly fish species has a dark brown back and pale belly.

Among their daily diet are seabirds, shellfish, diving ducks, fish and ecpould be other monkfish.

Monkfish eat whatever they can find, so they are voracious feeders. Generally, male Monkfish live seven years and female Monkfish live at least thirteen years. Monkfish can grow to a size of approximately three to five feet.

The ventral and pectoral fins of this ugly fish are designed to function as feet. Monkfish live at the bottom of the sea. As a result, the fish can walk on the sand of the sea. Due to the way its body is made, the monkfish can hide from prying eyes while waiting for its prey to approach.

The middle of the head of some species of monkfish has three long filaments. Prey are attracted to the middle one, which is like a radar. By using its long, pointing teeth that are inclined inwards, monkfish grabs them and devours them completely. This fish is capable of swallowing its whole prey at once.

4. Asian Sheepshead Wrasse

tail meat

Asian Sheepshead Wrasse inhabits waters in China, Japan, North Korea, and South Korea.

It stands out not only because of its size, but also because of other features of its appearance. Its large head lump and heavy-chinned, tooth-filled mouth distinguish it from one of the other sea creatures.

A healthy young one can grow to be about 40 inches long.

This unattractive fish with a bulbous head is a sequential hermaphrodite, meaning it can switch genders. These ugly fishes are closely related to Humphead Wrasses.

Among its native habitats, including those of the Indian and Pacific oceans, the Asian Sheepshead Wrasse is a prized food fish.

5. Red-Lipped Batfish

flattened body

This fish can be found in the Galapagos Islands and along the Uruguayan coast, which straddles Peru and Chile.

Red-lipped Batfish is distinguished by their brilliant red lips.

The downturned lips of red-lipped batfish make it look like a sad clown who applied lipstick with a strong hand. Its oddly formed body, mustache and beard all add up to a fish with a terrible appearance.

The red-lipped batfish uses these lips to find a partner.

This poor swimmer is unusual among fish in that they prefer to ‘walk’ on the ocean floor rather than swim. Instead of swimming, their dorsal fin is utilized to lure prey once they reach maturity.

6. Gulper Eels

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The wide mouth of the gulper eel is its most distinguishing feature. This massive mouth dwarfs the eel’s entire body. The mouth is flexibly movable and can open wide enough to swallow an animal several times its own size.

Despite its enormous mouth, the gulper eel’s diet to consist primarily of tiny crustaceans.

The gulper eel may survive in tropical and temperate oceans at depths ranging from 500 to 6,000 feet. It features a bioluminescent tail tip that aids to attract prey.

These eels can grow up to 2.5 feet in length. The eel’s body gives it the appearance of a dull-colored snake until you notice the eel’s big, unappealing mouth.

Its pectoral tiny fins are practically undetectable. It has teeny-tiny eyeballs. Gulper eels have a long, whip-like tail that they utilize to move around. A light-producing organ is attached to the tail’s tip. The gulper eel can grow to be three to six feet long and bears a white line or groove on either side of the dorsal fin and is normally black or dark green in appearance.

7. Wolffish (North Atlantic and Arctic oceans)

slimy snot

The wolffish is a genuine predator with an elongated body that can reach a meter and a half in length.

This ugly fish with a cat-like head, a large mouth filled with jagged teeth and globes of soulless black eyes can grow up to 1.5 meters. Normally wolf fish are blue or light green in color.

The Atlantic wolffish is distinguished by its huge, higgledy-piggledy, fang-like teeth in mouths and throats, which are utilized to crush their crustacean prey of lobsters, crabs and sea urchins in both their .

They can be found in cold seas from 100 to 500 meters ubderwater, close to the seafloor.

8. Goblin shark

little food

The goblin shark is a pink-skinned deep-sea inhabitant with a snout that is elongated and flattened, strongly projecting jaws bearing sharp, shark-like teeth.

They have a skinny flabby body and can grow up to 6 meters in length.

These sharks are among the most obnoxious.

The Goblin shark is not a threat to humans due to its placement in deep water, poor eyesight and inability to swim.

It was first discovered in Japan, but it may now be found in deep cold waters all around the world.

9. Frilled shark

native range

The frilled shark is a bizarre, prehistoric-looking shark that lives in the open ocean and spends much of its time deep beneath the sea surface in dark deep waters. It has a long, cylindrical body that reaches about 7 feet (2 meters) in length and its fins are positioned far back on the body. The frilly look of the frilled shark’s gill slits gives it its name.

These species of shark move like an eel when hunting, bending and lunging to seize poor creatures. It has extremely large jaws, which are lined with 25 rows of sharp, needle-like teeth.

This ugly fish, on the other hand, prefers to eat squid. Frilled shark is known to eat a range of fish as well as other sharks, despite their specialization in squids.

The frilled shark’s range is almost completely worldwide.

10. Hairy frogfish: maybe not so ugly

upward facing eyes

These hideous fish can be found in abundance in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, however freshwater species are rare. They are little and look like toads (thus their name), and they even make toad-like sounds.

Their yellow-colored body’s hair-like protrusions are actually an extension of their skin, allowing them to blend in entirely with the ocean floor or coral reefs. Hairy frog fish has the chameleon-like ability to alter hue when it comes to camouflage!

This ugly fish are usually black, brown, tan, red, yellow, or orange in color, though it might be difficult to tell them apart from their surroundings.

They feature gill holes that allow them to breathe underwater, as well as a huge mouth that aids in the ingestion of large fleshy piece of fish.

They also have a lure and a rod on their bodies, allowing them to readily grab prey. They are predators that devour a wide variety of marine species.

This threatened species cannot swim and spends its entire existence underwater. Instead of swimming, its pelvic and dorsal fins are employed to creep up to its food.

11. Anglerfish-ugliest fish in the world for me

largest teeth

The deep sea Anglerfish is a medium-sized fish (7 inches/18 cm) that lives in the open ocean’s bathypelagic zone. This species, which may be found at depths of at least 6600 feet (2000 meters), dwells in utter darkness.

Because deep water Anglerfish may not encounter suitable prey on a regular basis, they have huge mouths and stomachs, as well as long, sharp teeth, to aid in grabbing and eating anything they come across. They have a lure that they employ to attract prey. The lure of the deep sea anglerfish contains bacteria that produce their own light.

As it seeks for prey, the Anglerfish uses its glowing lure. This particular spine is extremely flexible, allowing it to move in any direction. The Humpback Anglerfish is remaining perfectly still while waving its lure like a fishing pole back and forth. When the prey fish gets close enough, the fisherman grabs it up and swallows it whole with its formidable teeth which are directed inwards. The anglerfish’s jaw and stomach can be extended to amazing lengths, allowing it to swallow prey twice its own body size.

12. Sea pig (strange creature)

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While they are medically unrelated to pigs, their translucent, pale pink-tinged bodies, together with multiple pairs of extended tube feet (some on their heads), bear some resemblance to their land-based namesake.

This small ugly fish is soft, elongated cylindrical body that measure 4-6 inches in length, resembling a bloated, water-filled sausage.

This animals can be found in some of the ocean’s lowest and darkest places. Sea Pig also have water-filled, frail bodies that virtually disintegrate when hauled up from depths of 4,000 to 16,000 feet below the surface.

Their tentacles allow them to scavenge decayed materials from the seafloor including dead carcasses and decayed materials. Because sea pigs’ skin is coated with deadly poison, deep-sea predators don’t try to catch them.


I am sure that my ugly fish list can be expanded … The ocean is such an amazing place and so unopened. So many mysterious creatures and real monsters await us on the deepest bottom of the world’s oceans.

3 thoughts on “The Ugly Fish of deep ocean: my Top List 12 of them”

  1. Hello there! This article could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I am going to forward this information to him. Pretty sure he’ll have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow! That Anglerfish is scary! Lumpfish is cute! Would love to see that Red-lipped Batfish in person, haha! Thanks for sharing!


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