Wildlife Photographs from the World's Most Dangerous Tidal Maelstrom

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What kinds of creatures would you expect to find in the world's most powerful tidal maelstrom? Named from the Scandinavian words for "grinding current," the tides storm in and out of the Saltstraumen sound, 30 km east of the city of Bodø, Norway. But as is so often the case, amazing and beautiful creatures thrive in this environment where it is said that only the "hellboys" dive, much less stick around and take photographs.

This monstrous fish goes by the meek name monkfish. Evolutionary biologists have long wondered at the "fishing pole" on this guy's face: an extension of the dorsal fin with a meaty tip used to lure prey straight to the monkfish's mouth.

Photo credit: Wild Wonders of Europe