By Russell Miller
This bright red creature called a Ctenophore, or Red Tortuga, lives at ocean depths of over 3,000 feet. It’s a type of comb jelly and has a black pigmented gut which it uses like a blackout curtain to hide the flashing bio-luminescent lights of the prey it consumes.
ODDLY ENOUGH … When this animal is disturbed, it showers out a confusing and dazzling array of sparkling lights that appear to swarm. It gives the immediate appearance of many animals, and lets this slow moving food bag drift away.
The Neoceratias Spinifer is a type of Angler fish, but it has no luminous lure to dangle near its mouth to entice prey. Like most Angler-fish, the male is much smaller than the female and will attach himself to the female, eventually becoming fused to her body. At this point, the parasitic male acts as a living, on going sperm supply to fertilize the eggs inside the female’s body. It’s believed that the males, utilizing an extremely good sense of smell, find the females in total darkness and the crushing depths were they live.
ODDLY ENOUGH … Many of the teeth of the female fish are located on the outside of her mouth and can be moved independently. Some of these teeth have tiny hooks on the end of them. This fish is like a swimming trap with a built-in jail.
Russell Miller is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, bagpiper, motorcycle enthusiast, and reference librarian. Currently, he illustrates books for Cody Lundin and Bart King.