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Picture of half eaten Rattail (Roundnose grenadier, Coryphaenoides rupestris) deep sea fish

March 3rd, 2008 · 10 Comments

Picture of half eaten Rattail (Roundnose grenadier, Coryphaenoides rupestris) deep sea fish
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera February 28th 2008. Click image for larger view.
I found this half eaten Rattail fish (probably a Roundnose grenadier, Coryphaenoides rupestris) laying in the middle of a field. I suspect that a sea eagle found the fish washed up on a beach nearby (there was sand all over the fish), but due to it size the eagle lost the fish while flying over this field.
I’ve never seen this type of fish before so I had to do a lot of research to figure out the specie. I was tipped of that it is of a family called rattail, also known as grenadier, and more specific a Roundnose grenadier (Coryphaenoides rupestris). This is a deep sea fish living on depths between 100 – 2000 meters and that explains the enormous eyes on this fish.

Check out this picture of my favorite fish the Atlantic halibut.

Information about the picture:
Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 17 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm F2.8-3.5
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Tags: Fish · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris // Mar 3, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I guess it would have been an odd thing to stumble across in the field.

  • 2 Claire // Mar 3, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    That is one ugly fish.

  • 3 Margaret // Mar 3, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    What an unusual find! I wouldn’t imagine this would be a normal fish to wash up out of the sea.


  • 4 n8 // Mar 3, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Wow what a crazy looking fish. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

  • 5 Kevin // Mar 3, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I’ve never seen a fish like that before either, how interesting, especially since you found it in a field!

  • 6 Laura // Mar 4, 2008 at 4:53 am


    Oh yeah, aren’t Halibut yummy? Freaky looking fish too with two eyes on one side. I hear they’re born with one on each side, but migrate to one side? Either way Halibut=Yum, Rattail=Scary!


  • 7 Nicole // Mar 4, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Great fish, never seen one like that either.
    Now we wonder if the eagle could dive that deep or if the fish was crazy enough to check out the sunlight 😉

  • 8 Alison // Mar 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    How creepy is the face of that fish?!

  • 9 Adriana // Oct 16, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    hello ..!!!
    someone could tell me if they know the Corhyphaenoides dersolaris ..?

  • 10 Paul // Mar 12, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Aspectos de la biología de Coryphaenoides delsolari Chirichigno & Iwamoto, 1977
    frente a la zona norte del Perú

    Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res., 37(3): 455-462, 2009 455
    “Deep-sea fisheries off Latin America”
    P. Arana, J.A.A. Perez & P.R. Pezzuto (eds.)
    DOI: 10.3856/vol37-issue3-fulltext-14