Freaky Fish Contest

Vampire_raskoffOcean conservation group Oceana
announces their online contest for the Freakiest Fish of 2008
.  All the nominees are for the most part deep sea but not all are fish.  Not only did the pram bug make the list but so did several cephalopods.  You vote and the winner is announced on Halloween. 

Kevin and I strongly urge you to vote for an invertebrate.  If an organism with notochord and pharyngeal slits wins, we might just hold this blog and a few others hostage.  If the one you pick wins, you are entered in drawing for a pair of tickets to the IMAX "Deep Sea 3D" and one voter will win a copy of "The Deep".

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

8 Replies to “Freaky Fish Contest”

  1. I can’t believe I just voted for a mollusc…sigh…but that damn vampire squid gets my vote for most freaky “fish” of the deep

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  3. Yeah, I haven’t quite figured out yet what sets off the spam filter. It is a mystery to me. Yours is the fourth comment to get caught in the net so far. Doesn’t seem to be any clear pattern, nor does there seem to be a way to “trust” certain commenters or train the filter (like in email programs) so just shoot me a line if a comment gets trapped in the filter. I’ll free it.

  4. As well as invertebrates masquerading as fish (ha!), their ‘gulper eel’ is in fact a bigscale fish (family Mlamphaidae). Busted!

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