Category: North America


International freedive and spearfishing champion, Cameron Kirkconnell.

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This picture blew my mind a little when I first saw it a few years ago. I’ve never been very good at visualising weights but with the guy in the photo for reference the sheer size some tuna can reach was seriously brought home to me! If I remember correctly these fish were caught off ?New England with the larger of the two (I think its a Bluefin) weighing in at around 500lb.
Check out the groove down its side- the pectoral fins recess along it and lie completely flat to the body for ultimate streamlining.


Look at the size of those operculums! LOOK AT THEM! Those gills have to be massive to keep a fish that big adequately powered at high speed.

Source: unknown (I’m pretty sure I got these pics from some fishing forum. If anyone has the full story on them please let me know!)

One of the more strange-looking animals we came across in Veatch Canyon, a bathysaurus. These fish use their lower jaw to scoop in the sand.

Source: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition

Nerodia sipedon, a Northern Watersnake

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Nananananananana batfish! Pancake batfish that is.

The Louisiana pancake batfish is a newly discovered species native to the Gulf of Mexico. It was only just before the big oil spill in 2010 when these cool critters were first found. Unfortunately the fate of their population following the disaster is not yet known.

It’s no surprise where the name pancake batfish comes from. These funny looking fish have flat bodies with an enlarged head and trunk which form a round disc shape. They are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and are about as thick as a fluffy pancake (probably not as tasty though).

And if you thought turtles were awkward, you haven’t seen these guys move. Pancake batfish have small foot-like fins, complete with elbows, which are used to ‘walk’ along the ocean floor in a bizarre motion – kind of like a crawling bat. Needless to say…

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