The Loosejaw is a small deep water fish which through evolution has lost the skin on the floor of its mouth. This alows the jaw to shoot out with minimal water resistance to snare prey. The red light under its eye is used to spot food, as many creatures of the deep see cannot see red light. This gives the Loosejaw its own 'sniper scope'.
Here again the proof, that earth's critters are far more alien, than any Sci-Fi creature from movie business.
I wonder, how extraterrestrials might look then?
A fellow marine biologist
Actually I have no science qualifications, but I am an enthusiast and read about it as much as I can.
This image was done based on all the photos I could find (which were few) as well as using some existing illustrations as reference.
I know what you mean. Most of the Malacosteus niger in photos are deformed dead fish and I struggled to find a good one in its natural habitat, let alone one actually feeding!
Again, great drawing! Keep up the good work and enthusiasm
Fantastic work, the soft light from the surface illuminating the water/fish makes it look all the creepier