Giant Grenadier, Albatrossia pectoralis

The Giant Grenadier (Albatrossia pectoralis) is a species of rattail fish that is 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 in Mexico. It occurs at depths between 450 and 11,500 feet.

This specimen grows to about 7 feet long. It has the usual greatly elongated pointed tail of the rattails. The snout is low, slightly protruding beyond the large mouth. The scales are small and slightly oblong. The swim bladder is small. It is gray-brown in color on the head and body. Each scale has a prominent dark posterior border. The fins and lateral line is darker. The mouth and gill cavity are blackened.

Adults feed primarily on cephalopods, fish and shrimps. It will also take ctenophores, echinoderms, worms, crabs, and amphipods. Reproduction is oviparous (lays eggs that mature before they hatch).

Image Credit: NOAA (Alaska Fisheries Science Center)/Wikipedia