Written by Jonathan Wojcik
The first true eels on our abyssal tour, Nemichthyidae have thin, tweezer-like jaws that bend
outwards from each other, an arrangement that at first appears almost useless. It was long debated
how these fishes actually ate, but we now know that their tiny, backwards-facing teeth allow
them to "ratchet" small crustaceans into their mouths with a series of rapid chomps.