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16 Reasons Not To Go Into the Water... EVER!

By Vadim Newquist Jun 14, 2013

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Angler Fish

These deep sea dwellers are thankfully out of our reach, but just knowing that something this BUTT-UGLY lurks anywhere in the ocean is cause for alarm, as far as we're concerned. The species defining characteristic is a protruding filament that springs from its head that acts as a lure to its prey, and some Angler fish even have a bioluminescent tip. It's mating habits are perhaps the most creepy in all of the animal kingdom. The males, which are dwarves in comparison to the females, bite into the females' skin, releasing an enzyme that fuses their mouths to the female's body. The male NEVER DETACHES ITSELF and merely waits until the female is ready to spawn, after which the male merely withers off the body and dies, thus redefining the idea of being a stalker.

Tags: horror, animals, slideshows, nature, life, the ocean

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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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