Deep-Sea Anglerfish and Other Fearsome Fish

Deep-Sea Anglerfish and Other Fearsome Fish

by Rachel Lynette
     
 

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How deep in the ocean do anglerfish live? How big are anglerfish? What is the anglerfish's lure and how does in attract prey? Learn all about these "black sea devils" and other frightening fish in this title.

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How deep in the ocean do anglerfish live? How big are anglerfish? What is the anglerfish's lure and how does in attract prey? Learn all about these "black sea devils" and other frightening fish in this title.

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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Imagine this: you are a small fish, squid or shellfish in the Midnight Zone (up to 13,100 feet deep) of the ocean. The water is very cold and it's too dark to see. Suddenly you spy a wiggling, glowing form. Is it a snack? You are about to feed when—whoosh!—you become the snack instead, being pulled into the mouth of a deep sea anglerfish and there's no way out. Even the anglerfish's teeth curve inward, trapping its prey. This book, part of the "Creatures of the Deep" series, explains that an anglerfish, known for the fishing pole-like ray on its snout, is very good at angling or catching its prey in its dark, cold habitat. Anglerfish have many advantages: they aren't picky eaters, so they will eat anything that comes along and is attracted to their bioluminescent lure. They also typically have big mouths, round bodies and, instead of scales, have thin, blotchy skin that sometimes has spikes or bumps. Though most of the one hundred sixty types of anglerfish are small, they are formidable! One interesting fact about these fish is the role of the much smaller males that attach themselves to females and become parasites "on hand" to fertilize the females' eggs. The well-illustrated book also features five more kinds of anglerfish as well as other "fearsome" (author's word) fish: the huge wolfish that can eat anything with a shell, the fangtooth fish that has the biggest teeth—fangs—in the ocean, plus the aptly-named blobfish. Easy-to-understand text also includes information on life in the deep ocean, ways humans study deep sea life, and how overfishing and climate change all threaten these fish. Up-to-date information about how the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could affect even deep sea habitats is included. This book contains a glossary, index, book and website lists. Reviewer: Judy Crowder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410942029
Publisher:
Heinemann/Raintree
Publication date:
07/15/2011
Series:
Creatures of the Deep
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
543,372
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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