(photo by Peter Shearer)
The deep sea dragonfish (Grammatostomias flagellibarba) is a ferocious predator the inhabits the deep oceans of the world. Despite its gruesome appearance, it measures only about 6” in length. The deep sea dragonfish is one of the many species of deep sea fish that can produce its own light through a chemical process known as bioluminescence. It is believed that the light is used to attract prey.