This lionfish is not only weird, but also dangerous. There are stingers on its tentacles.
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You might think that butterflyfish and eels are weird. But they are normal compared to these fish! Those that live in deep waters have small light bulbs to help them see. Others have tentacles with sharp tips that can stab.
Why are these fish so strange? They have to adapt, or change, because their environment changes. If they didn't have light bulbs, how could they see where they are going?
There are thousands of funny-looking fish in the oceans. Some of them, like this lionfish, are kept as pets. Others are never seen by people because they live so far down!
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