The Red Wreath fish by Emma Bowling

Name and Origin

The Red Wreath fish, or its scientific name, pisces retiaculis ruber, comes from the deep seas and was discovered only a couple of days ago. To learn more about this fish, keep scrolling!

A better view of where the fish lives, which is in the bathypelagic zone.

Ocean Zones and Habitat

The Red Wreath Fish lives in the Pelagic zone, which covers all of the water in the ocean; the fish also lives in the oceanic zone, which covers about 90% of the ocean. However, discovering this fish was not easy, because where this fish lives is in a place where no one known has been able to explore. It lives in the aphotic zone, where only 1% of sunlight hits the water in which the Red Wreath Fish lives. This creature is 1000m- 4000m underwater, meaning its depth is located in the bathypelagic zone. The habitat of the fish is usually on a rocky surface, which is comfortable for it due to its soft hair.

Physical Traits and its Adaptations

As you may or may not know by now, but the Red Wreath Fish lives 1000 meters underwater. This means almost no sunlight hits the creatures living within this area. The region is nearly freezing, which means the Red Wreath has to keep itself warm. The reason as to why the fish is a bright red color is because it is generating heat so it does not freeze to death. This adaptation keeps it surviving with all the other organisms in the bathypelagic zone. In addition to the red color, the red shimmery-like fur around its circular body produces shimmering light, so its 3 eyes on each side of its head can have a better view on what is around it. Its body is circular, and almost like a wreath or a donut due to the pressure from being under so much water. This means that the hole within its body prevents the creature from being crushed under the enormous amount of pressure. Its tail lets the creature to spin more smoothly, which will be explained in the next section titled Movement. Lastly, its two antennas allows the creature to find its food.

Movement

The Red Wreath fish has a very unique way of finding its way in the deep, dark areas of the ocean. It spins in circular motions, and increases speed when in trouble or finding its food. It uses its tail to cut through the water easier, and allows for a smooth and fast locomotion. To envision its spinning process more clearly, imagine a basketball player spinning a basketball on their finger. It whirls around very fast while rotating on the finger. This is how the Red Wreath Fish moves.

Respiration

Breathing in a Red Wreath Fish is started out by collecting water through its mouth. Then, underneath of the shiny-like fur are holes where the water comes out of. Oxygen from the water is absorbed by the fish at high amounts. This fish respires very fast to create enough energy to whirl around for speed.

Purple Antennas for Detection of Food

Feeding

The Red Wreath Fish has 2 inch antennas to help find its food. It sends signals to its brain that something is near, and if it happens to be a much-liked prey, then it will start spinning faster. When it spins fast, the fish goes undetected toward its food to eat it. The fish simply sucks up the food and absorbs the nutrients in its mouth, which has small, needle-like teeth. Food that is eaten by the Red Wreath Fish are krill, shrimp, and small jellyfishes. Its mouth is not that large, so it can not eat huge animals.

A Krill Fish

Reproduction

Reproduction in Red Wreath fishes begin with a male attracting a female by flashing its shimmering fur and turning upside down. The female slowly moves toward its rocky habitat and lays her eggs in softer areas. The male Red Wreath Fish fertilizes them. The eggs hatch 5 weeks after being fertilized and learn its fathers ways soon after.

Defense Strategies

Defense strategies used by the Red Wreath Fish all come through its movement, tail, and antennas. When an animal is detected by its antennas, the Red Wreath has to determine whether it is food or a predator. If the animal seems to spark danger, the fish will begin whirl backwards. When it whirls backwards, the tail will end up hitting anything behind it, slashing or harming the predator. If the predator is too large to fight, the Red Wreath will often use all of its energy to spin away as fast as possible in the opposite direction of it.

The Nekton Lifestyle

The Red Wreath fish is known as a nekton, which means it can swim and propel its body throughout the waters of the ocean. As shown in the section of Movement, it maneuvers its way through the ocean by whirling or spinning. It can easily get through the waters of the bathypelagic zone.

Making the Red Wreath Fish

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