The Strangest Fish Story You Will See Today

Looking like something out of a science fiction movie, the Anglerfish male and female relationship is one of the strangest in the animal kingdom. Anglerfishes are fish of the teleost order, they are bony fish named for their characteristic mode of feeding, in which a fleshy growth from the fish’s head (the esca or illicium) acts as a lure. Ranging in color from dark gray to dark brown, these carnivorous fish have huge heads that bear enormous, crescent-shaped mouths full of long, fang-like teeth angled inward for efficient prey grabbing. Their length can vary from 20 cm (8.0 in) to over 1 m (3 ft.) with weights up to 45 kg (100 lbs.). One family, the Lophiidae, is of commercial interest with fisheries found in north-western Europe, eastern North America, Africa, and East Asia. In Europe and North America, the tail meat of fish of the genus Lophius, known as monkfish or goosefish (North America), is widely used in cooking, and is often compared to lobster tail in taste and texture. In Asia, especially Korea and Japan, monkfish liver, known as ankimo, is considered a delicacy.