Chauliodus Sloani

Chauliodus Sloani

Anyone who is somewhat sympathetic to the fictional will definitely remember the movie Alien. The filmmakers did a really good job of creating horrible monsters. Divers know how many incredibly beautiful fish float in the world’s waters. Some inspire designers with their color combinations and even form, others with horror filmmakers. These do not even hide the fact that the image of fantastic characters is often created from the different peculiarities of the appearance of natural inhabitants. And fish don’t stay in last place here.

But horrors of similar appearance can be found on planet Earth. We’ll calm the more sensitive right away – it’s not yet a real “alien” invasion – it’s just a deep-water fish named Chauliodus sloani.

Recently, while exploring the Atlantic Ocean, British oceanologists also discovered these fish – their memorable photos guaranteed that virtually all media outlets would write about the expedition.

Sloane's viperfish

The Sloane’s viperfish (Chauliodus sloani) is easy to remember for its impressive appearance. Although the fish are not large, they have a creepy appearance. Long and flattened body, black in color to blue, green or silver. The nostrils are full of protruding large and sharp teeth.

Illuminated organs (photophores) are thrown on the head and whole body, which, like other deep-sea fish, are used for communication with relatives, more precisely for the identification of “ones”. This fish can be grown in an aquarium, but due to the low sea temperature is necessary to have fish tank chiller to reduce water temperature.

Thus, shining predators with glowing jaws glistening in various dark colors and rising from the bottom are the ideal fish for horror films. You can meet it at different depths. Fish of this family can be found in almost all oceans – the Atlantic, the Pacific, India and even the western Mediterranean.

If you look at it, you probably don’t have any questions about what the fish feed on – yes, they are predators that can hunt a large enough prey, which is as much as 63% of the length of the fish itself. The fish is able to dilate the jaws even at an angle of 100-110 degrees.