SLENDER SNIPE EEL
©Neumann, V. eel in larvae stage: found in Portugal
Okay here’s an odd duck, I mean eel, no make that fish…
The slender snipe eel, sometimes referred to as the deep sea duck, is a fish that can weigh only a few ounces, yet reach 5 feet (1.5 m in length).
- a bird-like beak with curving tips, covered with tiny hooked teeth, which they use to sweep through the water to catch shrimp and other crustaceans.
- A lifespan of ten years.
- More vertebrae than any other animal, around 750.
- Its anus has moved forward during its evolution and is now located on its throat. [What?!!]
- Its larvae are shaped like leaves, they actually get smaller before transforming into adults.
- Many specimens found in museums were spat up from larger fish that were caught in trawls. [Nice!}
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slender_snipe_eel
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