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20 Beautiful & Bizarre Sea Creatures That Decorate The World's Oceans

Published 1 year ago on July 13, 2018
By Hugo

Earth is a breathtaking planet, with various fauna, structures and sounds all there for us to enjoy. However, only 27% of our planet is formed of dry land. That means a staggering 73% of the Earth’s surface is covered by the sea, of which only 5% has been explored.


But you don't need to be a marine biologist to experience the many wonders that lie beneath the ocean's surface. Thanks to the Internet, there are countless photos of spectacular marine wildlife that paint a truly vivid picture of parts of the world most of us will never get to experience.

Here, we list 20 of the most beautiful and bizarre fishes in the world. 

1. French angelfish

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A subspecies of angelfish belonging to the Pacific Ocean, its vivid look is characterized by its pale mouth, yellow stripes and black body. While it may seem fairly average in size, it can grow up to 24 inches in length.

French angelfish tend to occupy a range of reef systems and rocks, where they feast on marine algae, their primary source of food.

2. Blueface angelfish


The second subspecies of angelfish on our list, the blueface angelfish is the most colorful member of angelfish family found in the Indo-Pacific region. As the name suggests, they have a striking blue face to complement the impressive aesthetics of their yellow and blue glow.

Growing up to 14 inches, blueface angelfishes can live up to 10 years and are known to be friendly and safe for humans to be around. 

3. Moorish idol

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The Moorish idol boasts terrific zebra-like stripes and is one of the smallest marine aquarium fish species located in the Indian Ocean.

A social fish, Moorish idols rarely travel alone, preferring to travel in packs. They can usually be found amidst coral reefs or close to the ocean's surface. If you swim in South African or Japanese waters, you may even spot a few yourself.

4. Triggerfish

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To put into context the sheer number of subspecies of fish in this world, there are 40 different species of triggerfish alone- and that's only the ones native to the Eastern Pacific ocean.

Triggerfishes have large teeth, which makes catching preys like crabs a doddle. The oval-shaped triggerfish has many different colors to complement its black scales which often varies from blue, green and yellow. The patterns are also unique and can make such fish appear like mosaics as opposed to marine life; such is their majestical appearance.

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