Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Is she trying to tell me something?

My wife tells me I ought to feature a fish that’s actually called the Sarcastic Fringehead on the blog — it’s a natural. I wonder if she was being sarcastic, but she looked so innocent when she told me.



  1. shouldbeworking says

    That’s one seriously ugly fish. If I caught that thing, it might make me want to give up fishing.

  2. steve oberski says

    Consider the fact that this is the last thing a lot of little fishes are going to see and then try to tell me there is no god.

  3. bassmanpete says

    What a mouth!
    What a mouth!
    What a north and south
    blimey what a mouth he’s got

    Tommy Steele, 1960

  4. throwaway, extra beefy super queasy says


    A rainbow has never been so terrifying.

    Clearly you’re not a member of the Phelps clan.

  5. thumper1990 says

    It’s got a rainbow coloured mouth! That is so fucking cool! Why can’t I have one of those? :(

  6. hillaryrettig says

    i thought we were banning all the men’s rights assholes from the site…

  7. birgerjohansson says

    Cross-breed with lungfish, then release in the southern swamps*. It will balance the population boom related to non-existent sex education. Also, please tell “snake handlers” they must try to juggle a fish like this at the next church meeting.

    (*Yes, I am holding a grudge against the South. .However the fish is a threat people not plastered on hooch should be able to avoid.)

    An angler-fish? Techically, angler fish are a pair, even if you only notice one of them…

  8. cicely (Were-dolphins are TOTALLY a Thing!) says

    Nonononono. Put legs on them, train them to rush en masse and open-mouthed, and rent their services to anyone Westboro is threatening to picket.

  9. David Marjanović says

    Techically, angler fish are a pair, even if you only notice one of them…

    Oh, they’re not all monogamous. Polyandry is a thing, you know.

  10. birgerjohansson says

    So by analogy, a modern usage of “sarcophagus” might be “eating people’s feelings”? We could use that as a new word for psychologists.

    And I think the relatives of that fish worked as extras in the film “Blade 2”

  11. yazikus says

    That might be the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
    Whenever I start a sentence (which is probably too often) with “When I was listening to NPR this morning…” I think I get a grey hair. Especially when the thing I heard on NPR was 1) A song that was topping the charts where I live & 2) A piece of technology in my new phone. The phone store guy was kind of impressed though, so there is that.