The Most Bizarre And Funny Fish Found On The Ocean

By Last Updated: October 17th, 2023Categories: Biological

The ocean has an estimated depth of 3,688 meters and over 30,000 species living in it. And it’s not surprising that there are thousands of odd-looking creatures swimming around the ocean floor because of the cold dark anaerobic environment of the deep sea.

If you happen to have a special interest in funny-looking fish or you’re just curious and want to know about them, or maybe you need to research about it for a school project.

Then that’s great! In this article, we will discuss some of the most bizarre and funny-looking fish found around the planet. Read on!

Weird and Funny-Looking Fish Around the Globe

Thanks to sea explorers who shared these images with the world, we can now have a glimpse of what underwater life is like. Check out some of the most odd-looking creatures found on the sea.

1. Blobfish

This funny fish is dubbed a “Meme Fish” and 2013’s ugliest animal because of its odd appearance.

“Want to know what I look like every Monday morning? Just take a look at this Blobfish. The resemblance is uncanny.”

Blobfish

Well, the Blobfish doesn’t look like this when it’s in its natural habitat. In fact, it is a less noticeable fish when it’s underwater, but when you bring it to shore its body starts to swell. The Blobfish then turns into a sad-human-like face. Another fact about this squishy fish is it doesn’t have a swim bladder, so its stomach has to stay inside its body.

This funny-looking fish can be found on the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania.

2. Asian Sheepshead Wrasse

The name of this funny fish is derived from the old English term “Old Woman”. Because it is a fish with a big forehead and an exaggerated protruding chin, you see that it looks like an old lady. It can be scary to look at.

Asian Sheepshead Wrasse

But despite its funny appearance, the Asian Sheepshead Wrasse can live for up to 20 years, can grow up to 91 cm (3 ft), and can weigh 16 kg (35 lb). Pretty cool right? This fish with a big forehead is native to the western Pacific Ocean.

3. The Yellow Boxfish

Living in the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Yellow Boxfish is one funny-looking fish. The appearance of this species is described in the name itself. And although this one is relatively small compared to other fishes in this list, the speed of this fish is something else.

 The Yellow Boxfish

It can swim up to six body lengths per second. And because in 2006, Mercedes Benz created a concept car inspired by the Yellow Boxfish. How amazing is that?

The Yellow Boxfish is a peace-loving fish, but if threatened it can release a deadly toxin that may harm any life around it, so better be careful.

4. Goblin Shark

This odd and funny-looking fish is not that appealing to children. It has a relatively long nose and small pointy teeth.

Goblin Shark

They are mostly found on the deep sea along continental shelves and are dubbed living fossils as these fish can live up to 125 years. Wow! That’s longer than most known shark species. Another fun fact about this funny fish is it can grow 12 feet long and weigh up to 460 pounds. But, as it gets older, its size and weight shrink.

And although this one is kind of scary to look at, it poses no harm to humans.

5. Fangtooth Fish

This vampire-looking species is a Fangtooth Fish which is also a resident of the deep part of the ocean. Compared to others, it has the largest teeth proportionate to its body size. It has a small body with a corpse-like appearance.

Fangtooth Fish

As you can see, the Fangtooth fish has small eyes sitting on its relatively big head. This is why this particular fish has poor vision. But they developed an unusually prominent lateral line that helps them sense vibrations and movements around them.

The smaller Fangtooth Fish feeds on Zooplanktons and the bigger ones consume fishes and squid.

6. Whitemargin Stargazer

The Whitemargin Stargazer is another “Meme Fish” because of its funny-looking face. The fish has big round eyes and a flat face and looks like it was electrocuted.

But despite being a funny fish, Whitemargin Stargazer is a master hunter. They have an excellent technique in how they catch their prey.

Whitemargin Stargazer

First, they bury their whole body in the sand with only their eyes and mouth showing. Next, they wait until prey comes by and 50 volts of electricity into its prey thanks to their electric body organs.

And please be reminded that this funny fish is poisonous. It comes from two large spines, found sitting above their pectoral fins.

7. Handfish

If you think all fishes on the sea swim, well you’re wrong. The Handfish is a funny-looking fish that can be found “walking” on the seafloor! Yes! Instead of swimming they navigate using their hands. Now that’s one odd fish

Handfish

The Handfish has a creamy-white color with dots all over its body. What’s more interesting about this funny fish is that each one has a unique pattern, which is similar to how human fingerprints work.

These unique species can be found in the coastal waters of southern and eastern Australia and around Tasmania.

8. Kamfa

If you’re interested in fish with a big forehead, then you might want to check out Kamfa. It’s a freshwater fish and is a relative of the flower horn through artificial breeding by humans. And because of that, this little forehead guy doesn’t have a scientific name.

Kamfa

They are omnivores and eat shrimp, worms, insects, and plants. If you want to have one as a pet, feeding it won’t be a problem. Kamfa comes in different colors such as pink, orange, red, gold, gray, black, and more.

9. Napoleon Fish

Also known as the Humphead Wrasse, the Napoleon fish can be found in the seas of the Indo-Pacific region. This fish with a big forehead got its name from the hat that French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte always wore.

Napoleon Fish

And as Napoleon fish gets older, the hump on their head gets bigger too.

10. Striated Frogfish

This funny fish looks like someone with a very bad acne breakout. The Striated Frogfish has fins on the side of its belly that resemble human hands and feet. When you take a look at it, it looks like it’s standing on water.

Striated Frogfish

Striated Frogfish are mostly found in the Pacific and are very competitive predators. They can consume prey that is larger than their size and their stomachs are expandable too.

Final Thoughts

These are just the most amazing and exquisite creatures of the sea, there are still thousands of them peacefully living underwater. So as humans, let’s not do things that may bring harm to these beautiful creatures. We should do our best to protect marine life and keep the ocean as clean as possible for our scaly neighbors.

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