Top 10 Rare Fishes in the Oceans

The ocean is a vast body of water which has some of the creepiest, nastiest, and deadliest fishes in the world, but there are these ten rare fishes which became famous because of their rare and striking appearance. These fishes are so peculiar that the top fish on the list had only been seen once, and has been debated whether or not it exists or it is just a genetic defect. The oceans are so deep that some of these aquatic creatures, which are in existence today, have not been seen by anyone and has never been even examined nor recorded by scientists. But we will only cover the ones which had been seen by the human eye and have been listed by marine examiners.

10. Black Lizardfish

Black Lizardfish

This kind of fish is a grinner (marine ray-finned fish) and it’s indeed hard to find one. It lives at depths reaching 1,500 to 3,000m, but even though they live in very deep waters, their maximum size only reaches at 30cm, and its distinctive features are purple-black color and a very sharp set of teeth.

9. Black Swallower

Black Swallower

As the name implies, it can adjust its stomach for about three times in order to eat larger prey. It lives in depths of about 1,500 meters, wherein, it reaches at a size of 25centimeters. This kind of fish is also unique in living conditions because unlike most salt water fishes, it can also live in warm tropical waters.



Maybe you have heard the word “chimaeras” at medieval-themed movies. But these are not those kinds of animals which had been taken from different parts of lions and whatsoever. These kinds of fishes live at depths of 2,500 meters, and grow up to 1.5 meters in size.  Even though it has skin instead of scales and a venomous spine for protection, it belongs to the same family of sharks and stingrays.

7. Colossal Squid

Colossal Squid

Japanese horror films come to mind when you hear the colossal squid. People only believe that this kind of squid is a product of science fiction. But in 2007, these are not the case because scientist has found a mollusk that fits the description of what colossal means. It reaches sizes in excess of 14 meters (46 feet). This deep-sea creature has suckers attached to its tentacles, but the bonus thing is that it also has sharp hooks annexed.

6. Goblin Shark

Goblin Shark

This deep sea creature lives at coasts of Japan, Australia, United States, and South Africa. Known to live at 200-500 meters, they also have the capacity to love at depths of 1,000 meters. This kind of sharks has a special diet and tends to feed upon squid, fish, and crabs. The most distinguishing characteristics that set this shark apart from the others is that it has a long nose which is far larger than any other species of sharks.

5. Megamouth Shark

 Megamouth Shark

It only lurks at very deep waters where one cannot even visit because of technological incapability’s. Like some of the very big sharks that we know, it sustains life by filter feeding. This kind of shark can reach very long and can weigh a ton.

4. Borna Snakehead

Borna Snakehead

This very rare kind of fish can only be found in a single area in the northern type of Bengal, India. It can grow only up to 25 centimeters and is generally found on 25 degrees Celsius environments.

3. Coelacanth


The oldest kind of fish that can be mainly linked at the age of dinosaurs, coelacanths is thought to have evolved into roughly its current form about 400 million years ago. It can weigh up to 176 pounds (80 kilograms) and can grow up to 2 meters. Its only weakness is its eyes like every other fish. At day, they have a habit of remaining at 100 – 400 meters. But at night, they come up and stay at depths of 60 meters.

2. Frilled Shark

Frilled Shark

A very rare kind of shark, which prefer to live at depths of 1,500 meters (5,000 feet). These are considered living fossils at the fact that they do not have bodies like common sharks do. The latest catch of these one was on 2007 in the shallow waters of Japan but a few hours later, after being transferred to a marine park. It died from unexplained causes.

1. One-Eyed Shark

One-Eyed Shark

The name says it all. A very rare one-eyed albino shark was caught in Mexico. The one that they caught was a dead one and scientists have said that this kind of shark with congenital defects cannot survive long in the wild and can be very attractive to predators in the wild since its included on the top 10 rare fishes found in the oceans.

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