Angler fish – TRUE FACTS

by Matthew Cobb

Jerry has previously blogged written (ha! he’ll be furious when he gets back) about sexual parasitism in the angler fish and camouflage in frogfish but he’s never shown this zefrank video, which has got over 6 million hits on YouTube IN THE LAST FIVE DAYS (can that be right?). It tells you TRUE FACTS about the Angler fish (and Frogfish which are a kind of Angler fish). Enjoy.

h/t @hannahjwaters on Twitter

26 Comments

  1. gbjames
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Excellent!

  2. Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on myatheistlife and commented:
    Because Wodin’s day deserves a laugh! Yes, you read that right. Now learn the real truth of why evolution is true!!

    • Marella
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      I’m afraid it’s already Thor’s day for me, but since I have no hammer a laugh will do.

  3. Veroxitatis
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Yep, one of God’s more hilarious inventions!

  4. Jason
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Until now everything I knew about the Angler Fish was from The Oatmeal :-)

  5. Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I’ve watched this 4 times already while getting ready for work. Fucking hilarious.

    • Jeremy Nel
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      Agreed!!

  6. Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Amazing!!! I’ll be sharing this…

  7. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Watch or not watch? I think the post is presenting a lure.

  8. Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I could swear that I saw at least three different mimic octopussies in that video….

    b&

    • Marella
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      Lol!

  9. HaggisForBrains
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Brilliant, and love the voice-over – was that Morgan Freeman?

  10. jose
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    One of the weird/creepy Gould essays is the one on anglerfish. For some reason he thought it would be some kind of secret fetish fantasy for men to live half-fused to a woman like a parasitic male anglerfish. Creeeeeeepy.

    • Marella
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      I believe you may be referring to rule 34, if it exists there is porn of it. It will be somebody’s weird sexual fetish, I guarantee it.

  11. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Entertaining, but was it accurate? I didn’t spot any obvious mistakes, but I figure there must be an anglerfish expert out there in Jerry’s readership who could give us inside info.

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      I’m not an expert, but I didn’t spot any obvious errors there (except for the metaphorical statement about leggings). It’s pretty damn good!

      • Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

        and the Pashmina shawl… :D

        LOL! Best video this year! Tnx.

        • Marella
          Posted January 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

          It’s probably not REAL pashmina, they mostly aren’t. ;-)

  12. Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    poor flounder! :)

  13. mordacious1
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I think I saw it on HuffPo (don’t worry, I was just there for the naked pictures), so that’s one reason why it received so many hits.

    • Reginald Selkirk
      Posted January 3, 2013 at 7:19 am | Permalink

      I noticed it at Failblog.

  14. Jim Hudlow
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m thinking this makes it a near certaintly that god is female……..

    • Posted January 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

      “She changes everything she touches,
      And everything She touches, changes.”

  15. marycanada FCD
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Hilarious. Thanks!

  16. AS
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Hilarious. I started watching other recommended videos after and stumbled on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zgJzuHEIfc
    Leopard caring for a baby baboon??!!

  17. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    I always thought “true facts” is kind of superfluous. If it’s a fact then surely by definition it must be true, if it isn’t true it isn’t a fact.
    [/hairsplit]

    Umm, which has the crappier life, a male angler fish or a male praying mantis? Hard to say. At least the mantis gets to have sex once before he dies, while the angler fish is effectively braindead before he ever does his thing. OK, so I’m anthropomorphising them both.


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