Here in Nature Live we never miss an opportunity to celebrate and Halloween is no exception.
Today we were on a mission to find the scariest creature in the sea. It was a face-off between Ollie Crimmen, fish curator, and Jon Ablett, mollusc curator, and it got pretty competitive in the studio!
Both of them chose some 'scary' sea creatures and had to convince our audience to vote for them. Who had the power to scare?
Jon chose to advocate the Geography Cone Snail, which looks harmless enough, and Ollie went with the angler fish.
Image credit: Kerry Matz
Above: Jon chose the venomous cone snail
Jon explained that although it looks unassuming do not underestimate this snail. To catch its prey it shoots a harpoon which contains venom so potent that it could kill a human. Some say that it could be the most venomous creature in the world in relation to its size.
Ollie chose the angler fish which definitely got the desired 'wow' effect when he revealed an impressive specimen that has been kept in alcohol for 15 years. He tried to win over the audience by explaining that these creatures live in the deep dark oceans and if you were the poor little fish it had lined up for lunch all you’d see are a few pretty lights and then it's lights out...for you.
Dying to find out who was crowned our Halloween winner? Well, no surprises for guessing that fangs beat the snail but if my vote counts for anything I would have chosen the deadly snail!
Do you know any really scary sea creatures? And no, the Loch Ness Monster doesn’t count...
Image © Natural History Museum
Above: The football fish that won Ollie the game