Just in time for Halloween, here’s a peek at some of the creepy creatures on exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium. Get to know them here, then come check them out in person during your next visit!
Creeping pedal sea cucumber, Psolus chitonoides
This scaly echinoderm can be found creeping along in our Puget Sound Fish and octopus exhibits. It uses its oral tentacles to ensnare detritus floating in the water; however the tentacles themselves contain a toxin to deter any potential predators of the cucumber itself.
Sablefish, Anopoploma fimbria
Something about those beady eyes makes this fish look a little creepy! But many find it mightily tasty too—and may know it by its other common names: butterfish and black cod.
Red brotula, Brosmophycis marginata
This deceptive fish is longer than it appears and uses slime to protect itself from predators. Although unknown to many visitors, it’s been living in our Puget Sound Fish exhibit for over 10 years. A recent den rearrangement makes its hiding place slightly more visible.
Spotted ratfish, Hydrolagus colliei
This cartilaginous fish is a marine-world Frankenstein, appearing to have the head of a rabbit, the body of a fish and the tail of a rat. There are dozens of species of ratfish in the Order Chimaera. In Greek mythology, the Chimera was a monster with the head of a lion, body of a goat and tail of a serpent. Other names for ratfish include ghost shark and spookfish. Learn more about them here!
Devil scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis diabolus
This motionless, amazingly well-camouflaged fish could easily sneak up and scare you. With venomous spines, a downturned mouth and those eyes—there’s just something about them!