Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 25, 2010 : Hairy Angler

Hairy Angler

The Hairy angler (Caulophryne polynema) is an ocean fish, and was first discovered by a BBC film crew while creating the documentary series The Blue Planet.

The female is about the size of a football and its body is covered in long antennae, which it uses to detect the movements of any prey nearby. The male is a tenth the size; about the size of a ping pong ball. The male also forms a parasitic relation with the female, attaching himself to her flesh and ultimately fusing with her blood stream.

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