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As soon as this sea-bound terrorist finds you, it leaps out from under the water toward you, cheerfully waving its fins. However, that lively greeting is quickly followed by a blast of plasma shots as big as your head. Don't be too concerned with salting them either — if you wait until the end, they offer an even bigger "trophy".
~ Description from the Contra 4 online manual

The Killer Fish (殺人魚 Chinese: Shārén Yú) is an enemy in Contra 4. It is a mutated anglerfish-like alien creature (or a species of fish that was captured and then mutated by the aliens themselves) that leaps from deep underwater and spews plasma shots at the player.

Description[]

A shoal of Killer Fishes give chase to the player at the beginning of the Ocean level as they are riding their jet ski-like vehicles on the surface. They ominously approach from deep underwater and then launch themselves toward the surface, emerging with a high leap and spewing a plasma shot directly at their prey. They attack in great numbers and could potentially fill the screen with projectiles if allowed to. The player does not have to wait for them to leap out from the water, though, as they can also be killed as they're swimming down below.

While they are indeed a pester throughout the initial part of the level, they pose a much greater threat at the end, as they consistently appear in groups of three to aid the Barracuda during its boss fight.

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