by Peter Etnoyer
When it comes to freaky, size matters. The red-eyed gaper Chaunax pictus (shown above) didn’t make the grade for freaky fish at the Oceana contest, but she could probably swallow five of the contestants on the list in a single bite. But it wouldn’t, ’cause it hardly leaves the bottom. It’s just mellow. Hence the common name. Here, the Chaunax is ventilating water in a vain attempt to scare the ROV away.
You gotta love the Fanfin Seadevil at the Freaky Fish contest Craig talks about below, but I guess I’ll be voting for the pram bug after all.