News Article

News Article

The Atlantic Wolffish Will Tear Your Soul Apart

up
48
If we haven't scared you away from the beaches this summer with all the deep-sea terrors we've shown you lately, you're braver than we thought. But we're not done with you yet. How about a close-up look at the massive, flesh-tearing teeth of the Atlantic wolffish?
 
Wolffish2
 
Also known as the “Devil Fish” (for obvious reasons), this hideous demon of the deep can grow up to five feet long and sports so many teeth he can't even close his mouth. Teeth for tearing, ripping, grinding... this dude has 'em all. Hell, he even has teeth in his throat! That said, you'll be relieved to discover that the wolffish doesn't usually exhibit shark-type behavior; he uses those massive choppers to break open the hard shells of crabs and clams. 
 
Wolffish3
 
Thankfully, there are no reports of them seeking out and biting humans, although they have injured fishers who tried to catch them. They stick to much colder depths than are usually tolerable for human swimmers, and can actually live in near-freezing water thanks to an antifreeze-like substance in their bloodstream.
 
Wolffish4
Ironically, it's the wolffish that's in more danger from being eaten by us, as the species is now at risk from over-fishing (they're considered a delicacy all over the world). Conservationists are pushing for regulations to keep the population sustainable.
<none>