The Fiercest Viperfish

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by Ace, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Gastonia N
    The viperfish is one of the fiercest predators of the deep. This fish can be easily recognized by its large mouth and sharp fang like teeth. These fangs are so large in fact that they do not fit inside its mouth. Instead, they curve back very close to the fish's eyes. The viper is thought to use these sharp teeth to impale its victims by swimming at them at high speeds. The first vertebra, right behind the head, actually acts as a shock absorber. This fearsome looking creature has a long dorsal spine that is tipped with a photophore, a light-producing organ. The viperfish uses this light organ to attract its prey. By flashing it on and off it can be used like a fishing lure to attract smaller fish. They have been known to hang motionless in the water, waving their lures over their heads to attract their meals. Vipers have a hinged skull which can be rotated up for swallowing large prey. They also have large stomachs that allow them to stock up on food when ever it is plentiful. The viperfish also has photophores all along the sides of its body. These light organs may be used to signal and attract other viperfishes during mating. Like many deep sea creatures, the viperfish is known to migrate vertically throughout the day. During daytime hours they are found in deep water down to 5000 feet. At night they travel up onto shallower waters at depths of less than 2000 feet where food is more plentiful. The viperfish grows to between 12 and 24 inches in length and is found in most waters of the world.


  2. bubbajum

    bubbajum New Member

    Cool post
    That is one nasty looking fish, I have seen others like that on tv, it is amazing all the different kinds of life that live in the very deep parts of the ocean.



    Don't want to run into one of those not that I would be at 2000 below or anything LOL...:eek: