Pacific Viperfish Ocean Monster
The Pacific Viperfish, along with other viperfish, are not man eaters and there is no known report of a person even being attacked by a viperfish.
The Pacific viperfish, (Chauliodus macouni), is a very strange looking fish, they type that fills many young children with nightmares. The Pacific Viperfish is one of nine identified viperfish discovered.
Considering the depth at which THE viperfish spend their lives, it would not be surprising to find out that there are other species out there. For those viperfish that we have identified, little is known about them. The oceans to this day are still pretty much a mystery. They cover some 2/3 of the planet and we have only explored a small part of it. Species are being discovered daily and the habits of many are unknown.
The Pacific Viperfish can be found as deep as 5 kilometres below the surface during the day. It may come close to the surface at night to feed, but will not venture much past 400 feet during the day.
All Viperfish Species
:: Chauliodus barbatus Garman, 1899
:: Chauliodus danae, 1929
:: Chauliodus dentatus Garman, 1899
:: Chauliodus macouni, 1890
:: Chauliodus minimus, 1974
:: Chauliodus pammelas, 1892
:: Chauliodus schmidti, 1948
:: Chauliodus sloani, 1801
:: Chauliodus vasnetzovi, 1972
Pacific Viperfish Size
The Pacific Viperfish is not very large. Of those caught so far, the largest has been just less than a foot long.
The longest viperfish ever caught was no more than two feet long. The longest Pacific Viperfish is 25.4 cm weighing a tiny 23.4 grams.
Pacific Viperfish Features
The Pacific Viperfish has a large mouth with very large teeth, something you would expect to find out of a horror movie. Their body is silver in colour with an irredecense quality. Its dorsal fin is long reaching up to half the length of its body.
Man Eater Danger Scale
The Pacific Viperfish, along with other viperfish, are not man eaters and there is no known report of a person even being attacked by a viperfish. Their food preference consists many of crustaceans, shrimp and small fish. It is unlikely that this fish would even encounter, let alone even bite a person.