Meet one of our newest additions – the American goosefish! You may also know it as a monkfish.
Goosefish can bury their bodies in the sand and camouflage into their surroundings, making them masters of disguise. Look for a set of eyes on top of their flattened bodies and its lure – an appendage coming out of its head like a mini fishing rod – that it uses to entice its prey.
5 Fast Facts:
- The goosefish gets its name from its ability to swallow food whole, thanks to its enormous mouth – which is (as the name supposes) big enough to grab a goose! Aside from such a fowl deed, they’ve also been known to swallow fish as large as they are in a single gulp. One report saw a goosefish eat seven wild ducks in one meal.
- As a type of anglerfish, it uses the lure hanging over its mouth to bait its prey. Once the unlucky victim comes close enough to the bait, the goosefish devours it in a lightning-fast snap.
- The goosefish has no scales.
- The largest goosefish can weigh up to 50 pounds. In larger fish, their teeth can grow up to an inch long.
- Although rare, young goosefish have been reported in Long Island Sound, mainly in the spring. They are commonly found in the sandy and muddy bottoms of the continental shelf and continental slope in the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.
Watch it in action during this slow motion feeding:
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