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Photos: The freakiest-looking fish


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Here is a close-up of the brightly colored parrotfish supermale.

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girl holding giant goldfish

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Gigantic goldfish, like this one held by University of Nevada, Reno, researcher Christine Ngai, have been found in the waters of Lake Tahoe.

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hands holding a giant goldfish

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One of the giant goldfish found in Lake Tahoe.

Ocean sunfish

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A giant ocean sunfish, or mola mola, cruises slowly through the water column. At the surface these unusual-looking fish will sometimes be mistaken for a shark because of their tall dorsal fins.

Scrawled filefish

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A scrawled filefish swims through the ocean waters.

Manta ray

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The picture shows a Manta ray swimming alongside a diver.

Torpedo ray

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Torpedo rays (Torpedo californica) are identifiable by their flat gray bodies and black spots. Interestingly, these animals catch their prey by stunning them with a jolt!

Moray eel

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A ‘head-on view’ photograph of a green moray eel.


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Shown above is a photograph of a Goosefish laying camouflaged on a northern rocky reef.

Bat rays

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Bat rays (Myliobatis californica) like this one are truly graceful creatures who are normally 4 to 5 feet across but have been reported with "wingspans" of 8 feet. They live up to 24 years and are armed with a defensive barb on the end of their tail. Female bat rays grow larger, are faster, and live longer than males.