Nope, this is not a movie monster. If you’ve watched the indescribably awesome BBC nature documentary series Life, then you might recognize this awesome little brute. And if you haven’t (which you really should), then allow us to introduce a fish with one of the best names we’ve ever heard: the Sarcastic Fringehead.
“The Sarcastic Fringehead is a ferocious fish which has a large mouth and aggressive territorial behaviour. They can be up to 30 centimetres (12 in) wide and are mostly scaleless with great pectoral fins and reduced pelvic fins. With highly compressed bodies, some may be so widened as to appear eel-like. They tend to hide inside shells or crevices. After the female spawns under a rock or in clam burrows the male guards the eggs. They are found in the Pacific, off the coast of North America, from San Francisco, California, to central Baja California and their depth range is from 3 to 73 metres (9.8 to 240 ft).”
You can watch a clip from the Life episode that features the Sarcasting Fringehead here. That gaping maw is already impressive in the photo above, but seeing these fish in action really something else. Besides, as far as we’re concerned, listening to a little narration by Sir David Attenborough each day is good medicine. So here’s a dose.
More information about these awesome fish can be found here.