Koroda wrote:I'd say the strangest fish in the world is the coelacanth. Its backbone is filled with oil or something and it has lobbed fins and a tail of, something I dont even know how to describe. A coelacanth's lobbed fins kinda look like arms with fins on them and it looks like they have 4 legs. They're 6-feet long and eat baby sharks. And the wierdest part I think is its blue, brown, black and white scales. Its a mess of colors! Well, I call it the link to water and land because they swim, but they look like they have legs.
coelacanth is a normal fish compared to others. Lots of fish have fins like that. However to call it the link to water and land is highly incorrect. Even after 60 million years it still remains in the ocean while true land-water links actually managed to grow true legs and go on shore. Like this ancient but extinct creature called Tiktaalik
Tiktaalik roseae, better known as the "fishapod," is a 375 million year old fossil fish which was discovered in the Canadian Arctic in 2004. Its discovery sheds light on a pivotal point in the history of life on Earth: when the very first fish ventured out onto land.
Tiktaalik has a mix of fish and amphibian traits
Tiktaalik looks like a cross between the primitive fish it lived amongst and the first four-legged animals (a group called "tetrapods" from tetra-, meaning four, and -pod, meaning foot. Actually, all animals that descended from these pioneer amphibians, can be called tetrapods). Tiktaalik lived about 12 million years before the first tetrapods (which are approximately 363 million years old). So, the existence of tetrapod features in a fish like Tiktaalik is significant because it marks the earliest appearance of these novel features in the fossil record.
Even now there are stranger fish that better fit your description. Such as the mudskipper.
Unlike most fish, mudskippers spend much of their life OUT of water! How do they do it? Mudskippers are fish and so they have gills. Once out of the water, their gills begin to dry out and stick together, so mudskippers have a special cavity behind their ears where sea water is stored. As they rotate their eyes, pressure is applied to that cavity and this reoxygenates the stored water, lubricates the gill flaps and restores the gills to their normal function.
Mudskippers have highly modified large pectoral (front) fins which are used like legs. Instead of swimming like most fish, mudskippers use their pectoral fins to walk on land and under the water.
these two strange species i think would better fit that discription
The coelacanth (pronounced like "see-la-kanth"), is nicknamed "old fourlegs". It is a close relative of the ancestor of all tetrapods (four-legged creatures), including Homo sapiens.
Coelacanths are well known from the fossil record of 400 million to 75 million years ago. Several species have been identified among the finds.
Coelacanths were thought to be extinct until 1938, when one was caught off the coast of South Africa. A long search for their home ended in 1952, when they were found in the Comoro Archipelago. The species of these coelacanths is Latimeria chalumnae.
In 1998, a new species was identified when a population of coelacanths was found near Indonesia. This new species is known as the menado coelacanth (Latimeria menadoensis).
In 1975, it was discovered that the coelacanth is a live-bearer (as opposed to an egg-bearer) when a 1.5 m-long (5 ft.) mother was found to contain five young that were each a perfect 30 cm-long (1 ft.) miniature of the adult.
Adult coelacanths average 1.5 m (5 ft.) in length, and weigh about 45 kg (100 lb.). They are steel blue in colour.
though it is a reletive to the ancestors of tetropods. it is not a true tetropod. so it would be sort of incorrect to call it the link between land and water. Though still that does not mean it's not strange since it kind of is unusual.