The Terrifying Australian Lizard Fish is a Super Predator of the Deep

Meet the Australian Lizard Fish, but hopefully from a safe distance. This monstrous, deep-water, hermaphrodite creature with the body of an eel, the face of a lizard and hundreds of razor-sharp teeth is a force to reckon with.

The deep dark bottom of the sea holds many natural mysteries

#1. A Terrible Mouth

The Terrifying Australian Lizard Fish is a Super Predator of the Deep
Photo: Fish of Australia

With the face of a lizard, the body of an eel and many, many  razor sharp teeth, the monstrous Australian Lizard Fish compensates for its size (about 20 inches) by its intimidating and frightful presence. This deep sea creature was found at a depth of 8,200 feet off the coast of Tasmania. According to scientist, Asher Flatt, who discovered the scary predator in a large net while onboard the RV Investigator, “There are still monsters in the deep dark places of the world – at least there are if you’re an unsuspecting deep sea fish… This terrifying creature of the deep is largely made up of a mouth and hinged teeth, so once it has you in its jaws there is no escape. The more you struggle, the further into its mouth you go.”

The Australian Lizard Fish is unusual because it is a hermophrodite

This super predator from the ocean floor has both male and female reproductive organs, which means it can maximize its ability to reproduce rapidly. (A lovely thought, no?) This fish captures squid and fish twice its size and chomps them to shreds with its many rows of hideously sharp teeth. Truly a creature from the world of horror movies, the face on this critter can be found in the worthiest of nightmares.

#2. Australian Lizard Fish

The Terrifying Australian Lizard Fish is a Super Predator of the Deep  The Terrifying Australian Lizard Fish is a Super Predator of the Deep
Photo: Fish of Australia

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