Saltwater Fish

Saltwater fish are the most beautiful fish in the world. They range from the majestic marlin to the funny-looking flounder, and the goliath grouper to the tiny blenny, and just about everything in between.

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The showy lionfish is a stunning beauty. But this invasive species, which was released into the wild in the 1980s, is wreaking havoc on delicate reef ecosystems worldwide.

By Wendy Bowman

Most species of the rarely seen anglerfish live up to a mile beneath the ocean, where the females lure prey with a head-dangling hook appendage and permanently fuse with male suitors. It doesn't get much stranger than that.

By Katie Carman

The swordfish's nose might look crazy weird, but these gladiators of the sea are perfectly outfitted for ocean battle.

By Jesslyn Shields


Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, the colorful little fish with the craaaaazy long name, is Hawaii's state fish, but it wasn't always.

By Jesslyn Shields

It's one of the gentle giants of the sea. It loves sunbathing, dining on crabs and taking deep dives to the ocean floor.

By Mark Mancini

The blobfish is actually pretty average looking in its normal habitat.

By Jesslyn Shields

The cleaner wrasse fish passed the mirror test, which is considered the gold standard for determining self-awareness.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky


Scientific divers from the California Academy of Sciences discover new species of dazzling, neon-colored fish.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

Cuttlefish can avoid detection by holding a disguise for long periods of time.

By Amanda Onion

The Gulf corvina is the loudest fish on the planet, helping lead to its overfishing and endangerment.

By Jesslyn Shields

Scientists have discovered a few enterprising catfish that are having a fancy feast — of mice.

By Christian Sager


Could the sequel to Disney's 'Finding Nemo' increase demand for pet s and bring the decline of the exotic fish that plays the leading role?

By Chris Opfer

King of the herrings! What regal creature would have such a majestic history? It's the giant oarfish, and it's surfaced everywhere from sailors' nightmares to Southern Cali. Meet the longest bony fish ever!

By Kate Kershner

With its flexible, slim body, the barracuda is particularly adapted to swimming among coral reefs, which requires intricate moves through tight turns. Meet the barracuda! View pictures, watch video, read facts, explore interactives and more.

Unlike land snakes, eels are usually scaleless is although a few species can be found with tiny scales along their bodies. Meet the eel! View pictures, watch video, read facts, explore interactives and more.


For the city of Silver Spring, Md., "Shark Week" doesn't stop when the TV is off. Every year, a great white shark affectionately known as Chompie takes up residence on Discovery Communications' headquarters.

Oooooh, barracuda! It's not just a Heart song -- it's also a dinner dish. But should you be as suspicious of this creature on your plate as scuba divers are of encountering it in the water?

By Cristen Conger

A flying fish is a fish with large fins that help it to glide through the air. Most flying fish live in tropical and subtropical areas of the ocean.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

World-famous 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, died on Sept. 4, 2006, in a shocking accident with a stingray. But stingray-related fatalities are almost unheard of, so what happened? Find out.

By Julia Layton