It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert angler or if the only thing you know about fish is whether or not you like the taste of them, you’re going to be absolutely blown away by the skills the ones below possess. As much as the ocean and other bodies of water have been researched, it still seems like we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what goes on under the water.
Take the mudskipper for example. Did you know it can walk around land for extended periods of time? Did you even know it existed? Well, there’s plenty more surprises where that came from.
Archerfish can shoot water at their prey from below the surface.
Mudskippers are amphibious fish that can not only walk, but jump on land.
3.) Black Swallower
A black swallower’s stomach is can expand to a great enough size to allow the tiny fish to eat creatures that are much larger than itself.
When these colorful creatures eat coral, it’s excreted as beach-building sand.
The male jawfish uses its mouth as a nest for the eggs laid by its mate.
The electrorsensitive pores on their toothy rostrum allow sawfish to detect the heartbeats of surrounding creatures.
The male seahorse can give birth.
8.) Antarctic Toothfish
The antarctic toothfish can survive living in sub-zero temperatures thanks to its ability to produce antifreeze glycoproteins.
Clownfish can change their sex and regularly do so throughout their lives.
Stonefish can kill humans with their venom. Oh, and hid really well too, so keep your eyes peeled.
When captured or agitated, a hagfish will use its 100+ glands to secrete a milky slime that few predators would like to have any part of.
Staying out of the water isn’t enough to avoid these bad boys, some can leap high enough above the surface to snag a bird.
As its name suggests, the pufferfish can blow itself up to the size of a softball when in danger.
14.) Sockeye Salmon
Sockeye salmon travel distances of up to 1,600 km to migrate, a trip they’re able to make thanks in part to their ability to detect changes in the Earth’s magnetic field–which they use as somewhat of a GPS.
15.) Electric Eel
An electric eel can generate a shock of up to 600 volts. They use these shocks to hunt, defend, and communicate.
If only I could hang out underwater for more than 30 seconds at a time. I’d make all of these fishes my friend. It’s incredible just what these creatures can do – I had no idea.
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