Weekly Eldritch: Fish!

Maybe it’s because I’m a prairie girl, but to my mind there’s something about the ocean that just breeds creepiness. I’m not talking about fish that look like fish, or those cute and clever dolphins or anything like that. I’m talking about those sea creatures that you see on nature shows and say “What IS that??” There are true grotesqueries that inhabit the deepest black ocean depths, but there are also weirdos in the shallows. And in the tank at your local Rainforest Café! Witness the Unicorn Fish:

unicorn fish

When I spotted this odd fellow he gave me shivers. Something about a fish with a human face and long nose that just does not seem right.

Wikipedia tells me: “The unicorn fishes are tropical, herbivorous marine surgeonfishes in the genus Naso. They are so named because of a spike that protrudes from the forehead. Some species have a bulbous protrusion rather than a pronounced spike…”  Okay, so if there’s anything that could make this guy creepier, it would have to be the thought of him being a surgeon…

Here’s another one that boggles my mind – the big flat Sunfish. A cafeteria tray with fins.


Is there anything in the ocean that geeks you out?

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