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The mere existence of older fish proves that the world’s oceans are in great condition.

In the South China Sea, the Asian sheepshead wrasse effortlessly swims through jellyfish as well as other shallow waters around China, Japan and Korea. It is of the Labridae family of fish, with jutting, thick lips and a unique jaw structure.

It has survived in unspoiled waters for a long time, revealing the healthy conditions of the ocean it inhabits.

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The Asian sheepshead is among the largest of the wrasses and feeds on shellfish and crustaceans. Its “old man” appearance have marked it as one of the world’s ugliest fish.

Lauren Grose About the author:
Lauren is an Associate Content Editor at RARE. During her years at Bloomsburg University, she delved into modern media by creating a fashion column titled “Dear Bloom,” which ultimately became a YouTube series. Shortly after graduating, Lauren packed her bags and flew to Tokyo to explore the city’s culture and, ...Read more
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