Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Vampire sex rituals of deep sea fish

The murky depths off New Zealand reveal some really weird fish. For instance, the sex life of the deep sea angler fish:
'The female is the size of a tennis ball. It has big savage teeth, little nasty pin eyes ... and a rod lure off the top of its head with a glowing tip to coax in stupid prey.'
The male 'looks like a black jellybean with fins'.
When a male finds a female, he bites into her side, never letting go.
'He drinks her blood, in return for giving her sperm,' Dr Norman said.

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