Strange New Fish Discovered Near Greenland

Photos via National Geographic

I was going to say this fish has a face that only a mother could love, but chances are she just laid some eggs and got the hell out of there. But it turns out that this fish, a "longhead dreamer" anglerfish, is not alone when it comes to ugly mugs--in fact, compared to some other fish discovered in his neck of the woods, he's actually kind of cute. A recent study of ocean life in the depths near Greenland has turned up some 38 species of fish, 10 of which, like this anglerfish, were previously unknown to the region--and are quite fugly too. Scientists suspect that global warming may be drawing these unphotogenic fish to the region.Although the study, conducted by the Natural History Museum of Denmark in the waters near Greenland, found 10 new species previously unclassified, many of the other fish appear to have recently moved to the area from elsewhere. According to the National Geographic, human activity and changes to their normal habitats may be what's driving them north.

Rising ocean temperatures due to global warming--which could be drawing unfamiliar fishes to the region--and increased deep-sea fishing may be responsible for the spike in fresh fish faces seen off Greenland.

The last time such a survey was conducted was in 1992--so who knows what will turn up if they wait another 18 years?

Iceland Catshark
Species, like this Iceland catshark, have been discovered due to an increase in deep-sea fishing around Greenland.
Football Fish
Atlantic football fish are among the new species found for the first time in the region.
Portuguese Dogfish
This Portuguese dogfish is normally found in southerly waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.
Double-Baited Anglerfish
Double-baited anglerfish was discovered at a depth of 4,685 feet in Greenland, where the waters "are still almost completely unstudied."
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Tags: Fish | Fishing | Global Climate Change | Greenland