Species: Albatrossia pectoralis
Common Name: Giant Grenadier
The giant grenadier is a very big rattail fish and the only member of the Albatrossia genus. This strange fish can be found in the north Pacific from northern Japan to the Okhotsk and Bering seas, east to the Gulf of Alaska, and south to northern Baja California located in Mexico at depths starting from 140 m and up 3,500 m.
Giant Grenadier Description
The giant grenadier can reach a maximum length of up to 2.1 m(about 7 feet), however their average size is only 80 cm. This fish (like all rattails) also has a distinctive highly pointed tail. It has a low snout which is slighty protruding beyond its large mouth.
The giant grenadier has a black or brown mouth, head and body with the scales being pretty small, somewhat oblong with a prominent dark posterior border
It is a very slow growing fish, with the oldest specimen ever caught being 56 years of age.
Giant Grenadier Diet
The species main prey is the Octopoteuthis deletron squid and the Vampyroteuthis infernalis vampire squid. However they have also been reported to consume
Giant Grenadier Reproduction
They are oviparous animals (they lay eggs)
Giant Grenadier Conservation Status
The giant Grenadier has yet to be evaluated by the IUCN and as a result it is unknown if it is threatened or not.
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