Thursday, January 12, 2017

ZooWeird 43

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

The king of herrings is an extremely long fish of the Regalecidae family that holds the world's record for longest extant bony fish. This creepy creature lives in much of the world's oceans, inhabiting depths between 200 and 1,000 meters (~650 to 3,280 ft). It is harmless to humans, despite its huge and frightening appearance. (All animal info from

The king of herrings—very long—
Is noted not for art or song.

Oh, no, he lives below the waves,
Inhabiting the darkest caves.

I’ve read he’s harmless—like a dove—
And seems to swell with herring love.

But pardon me for my deep doubt:
That lengthy fish just freaks me out!

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