Friday, February 1, 2013

The Northern Stargazer - Romantic Name, Terrifying Fish

As pretty as the name Northern Stargazer sounds, this is not a pretty animal. In fact, this fish looks downright scary! With it's human-like eyes and mouth, the Stargazer is a bit disconcerting to look at. Not to mention the sharp teeth that are just itching to bite prey.

The Stargazer catches its prey by burrowing in the sand. It's eyes are located on the top of its head, allowing for it to see as smaller fish swim by (and where the name Stargazer stems from). When a tasty-looking fish passes by, the Stargazer creates a vacuum with its large mouth, sucking in its prey.

Stargazers can be found primarily along the eastern coast of the United States, on beaches from North Carolina to New York.

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