One look at the fangtooth (Anoplogaster cornuta) and it's easy to see how this fish got its name! Like many deep-sea fishes, the fangtooth has large, sharp teeth for capturing food that comes its way. When another fish or shrimp swims nearby, this fish simply opens its big mouth and sucks the animal inside. Animals caught in its trap have little chance of wriggling free.
The deep sea may seem remote, but what we send down will eventually cycle back up into our lives. Scientists estimate that today there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, from the surface all the way to the bottom of the deepest submarine canyons. We can help by making more thoughtful choices for our ocean, like avoiding single-use plastics.