Humpback Anglerfish (female)

Hi everyone!

In order for me to tie everything together, I need to put myself on a decent schedule that allows me to start building a place that has quality content. So I will be introducing an animal of the week. The animal will either be chosen due to a surplus of the product (like this angler fish) or chosen by others other than myself.

Anyways, Weather Resistant Stickers and Prints are available in my Shop of the illustration up above!

With the weight of the ocean pressing down, unfathomable darkest, and sparse distribution of organisms, the Angler fish show us how important teamwork is in the more extreme environment. The sex that I have drawn is the female. She is significantly larger than the male and due to the low probability of coming in contact with a mate (in such an extreme environment) the male permanently attaches himself to her. The male is not the only individual to attach himself to a female angler. The light, also known as the “esca” glows due to symbiotic bacteria, that have evolved to only glow when housed in an esca. Both the Bactria and the male angler receive food and protection from the female angler and in return, they provide her with the means for survival and reproduction.

Anglerfish Craft

I have decided to introduce an animal of the week with a quick craft. I will be putting these weekly animal crafts to the test with the children I hang out with in morning daycare.


  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Yarn
  • Tin Foil
  • Scissors
  • White pencil or crayon
  • Black pencil or crayon

Ok, so this one is wicked straightforward. I am providing the template for the body and some sizing examples for the tail.

How was this put together? I cut triangles/slivers out of white paper for the teeth and glued them to one side of the body in the mouth. On the same side of the fish, I glued the esca. After the teeth and esca are glued, flip the fish over and glue it to a black piece of paper.

For the Fins and the tail, I accordion folded and glued them to the body. Ball the tin foil up and glue the light (symbiotic bacteria) to the end of the esca. Cut pieces of yarn and glue them to the body and then randomly placed blue bubbles. As for the White and black crayons, I used them for the Angler’s eye and the definition around the mouth.

Obviously, there is no “perfect method”, as long as it somewhat resembles an angler fish. The age range for this one is 3yrs+, I can also see some motivated 2 and a half-year-olds being capable to glue and place pieces.

Links to Check out!

Angler Fish Wiki

Anglerfish Female and Male

Anglerfish found in San Diego