Feast your eyes on the ugly bony-eared assfish. With a face such as this, we doubt even its own mother would love it!
Some monikers just make sense. In the case of the bony-eared assfish, the less-than-flattering name fits this fish to a T.
A creature of the deep-sea and known to inhabit Pacific Ocean waters, this specimen was caught by scientists 10 years ago off the north end of Vancouver Island in Queen Charlotte Sound. A member of the cusk-eel family, this is the first ‘assfish’ to be discovered off the coast of North America.
Measuring about 30 centimeters long, with an oversized head and less than stellar complexion, the assfish left scientists scratching their heads as to what it actually was. It took a Fisheries and Oceans Canada expert to finally identify it some weeks later.
Gavin Hanke, the Royal B.C. Museum’s curator of vertebrate zoology, summed it up best: “It is an ugly fish. That’s why I like it.”
The assfish is currently being featured in “Finding Fishes” – a free exhibition at the Royal B.C. Museum which will showcase rare items from the museums archives.