Bop Fish!! By: Joey Mondelli

Bop Fish

photo of a dead Bop Fish

Bopolious insanico

"Bopolious" comes from the latin word "Olious" which means "beast". The word "insanico" means insane.

Sunken ship, a possible shelter for the Bop Fish

The Bop Fish lives in the Benthic Zone of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the Aphotic Midnight Zone. Some of the abiotic factors in this zone are the sand, many rocks, and even some sunken ships that have reached the bottom of the ocean. The sunken ships could provide a good shelter or sleeping place for the Bop Fish.

Bop Fish has a special non-bioluminescent skin, that is black to blend in with the extremely dark water of its habitat. The Bop Fish also lacks eyes, due to the lack of necessity for eyes in these dark waters. Their antennae-like structures allow it to send out sonar waves for echolocation.

Bop Fish is a Nekton - it swims by whirling its tail fin back and forth. It can also catch onto currents as another form of movement, to preserve its energy if tired.

Angler fish on the left, and a Vampire Squid on the right

Feeding: The Bop Fish uses its antennae-like structures to send out sonar signals to find its prey through echolocation. It mainly feeds on Angler Fish and the occasional Vampire Squid. When nearby the fish, the Bop Fish releases a liquid through its skin which attracts the fish and the Bop Fish sucks them up through its giant mouth. It is also able to tell when nearby using the sonar waves through its antennas.

Bop Fish range from about 5 feet up to 8 feet in length, and can weigh anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds.

It is all black, to blend in with its dark surroundings.

Zoomed in photo of Bop Fish skin!!

The skin of a Bop Fish is rock solid, preventing any animals from being able to chew up or swallow it. Although the fish is quite large and is unable to be eaten, if another fish was actually able to get one into its mouth, it would immediately spit it out due to the terrible taste and texture of its skin.

The Bop Fish's gills are extremely enlarged, causing more water flow through the gills, which in return allows for more oxygen to be filtered through the gills.

Since Bop Fish lack eyes, they have adapted themselves to reproduce asexually, and lay their giant, rock-like egg on the ocean floor. When ready, the sperm will fertilize the egg inside of the bop fish's body. After the egg is laid, they then swim off and leave their young to fend for themselves.

Bop Fish eggs on the sea floor
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