Deep Sea Anglerfish: Losing Yourself in Love
Male anglerfish bite their mates and permanently fuse to their bodies. Over time, the male’s brain, eyes and organs dissolve until he turns into a small lump, releasing sperm whenever the female is ready to lay eggs. Scientists first thought the lumps were fins before discovering they were the males.
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(Image: Anglerfish. Source: NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC Pascagoula Laboratory, collection of Brandi Noble/Flickr via a Creative Commons license.)