16 Sea Creatures From The Darkest Ocean's Depth That Are Unlike Anything Most Of Us Ever Seen
If you're a lover of the deep-blue sea or find the abyss fascinating, this is one article you don't want to miss! Aliens of the deep are not only something we know little about but have been part of our wildest fears and dreaded nightmares since H.P. Lovecraft brought the strange and beautiful beast of the blackest ocean to real-life terrors. We'll take a look at some of the most terrifying predatory creatures of all shapes and sizes, and delve into the slippery aquatic mystery.
16. The Blobfish
This was named the "world's ugliest animal" in an online poll made by a British organization called the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. These fish have bodies that are less dense than the water. Blobfish are a group of fish that dwell in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean at depths ranging from 330 to 9,200 feet.
15. The Atlantic Wolffish
This predator is characterized by its mouth full of sharp, canine-like teeth. It lives at depths of 328 to 1640 feet in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans as it prefers chillier water. The Atlantic Wolffish feeds on hard-bodied or spiny invertebrates like sea urchins and large marine snails.
14. The Vampire Squid
The scientific name for this fish is Vampyroteuthis Infernalis, which literally means "vampire squid from hell." We can find these creepy creatures in the inky depths of the Mesopelagic Zone about 3,300 feet below the ocean's surface. And no, it does not feed on blood as it prefers "marine snow", which is decaying organic material that falls to the ocean floor.
13. The Frilled Shark
Now, this is classed as a "living fossil" because this species retains some of its primitive ancestors. A fisherman in Japan found a 5.2 foot long Frilled Shark in 2007. It is somewhat prehistoric in appearance and can be located in the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. These fish prey on squid and have been known to feed on other fish, including sharks. It looks more like the Loch Ness Monster if you ask us!
12. The Anglerfish
Mostly known for the bioluminescent growth on its head, which is used to lure its unsuspecting prey to its watery death, this Anglerfish is one of over 200 species. This could possibly be one of the ugliest, or scariest creatures in the deep, and can be found in the Atlantic and Antarctic Oceans. They live as far as a mile below the surface, so there are no chances of seeing one. We can understand why Nemo was petrified when he encountered this fish!
Due to their long, tapered bodies, these fish are known as "rat-tails". It's not a very nice name, but you can see why. There are about 300 species of Grenadiers, which is a large-headed fish found in waters with warmer temperatures. They certainly look like rodents because of their long bodies and awful tails. We are definitely happy that they are deep down in the bottom of the ocean where we won't see them.
10. The Goblin Shark
This frightening creature has 50 teeth in its mouth! The females grow much larger than their counterpart, and you can identify these Goblin Sharks by the shape of their snouts. These bottom-dwelling species have elongated and flattened noses and gruesome mouths which certainly demand attention. The females grow 11 inches long, while the males have an average length of 8.66 inches. This is the ugliest goblin we've ever seen!
9. The Ghost Shark
This is undoubtedly a ghoulish-looking shark, also known as the Chimera. These fish are related to sharks and rays and are a type of cartilaginous creature. We actually think it' bears an uncanny resemblance to Jack's ghost dog named Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas. These fish inhabit cold waters and live at depths of 8,200 feet or more. There are about 47 species and they reach lengths from 24 to 80 inches.
8. The Sarcastic Fringehead
This Fringehead is known as a tube blenny, which is a fish that burrows in narrow structures created by other creatures. They are kind of like squatters who move in when they're not on their property. Scientists believe that the males have larger mouths and therefore find it difficult to feed. They are native to the northeast Pacific Ocean near California and Baja California. They mainly gorge on squid eggs. This one looks like a Gremlin!
7. The Ghost Fish
These creatures have recently been discovered and are rather ominous in appearance. They are transparent and have a gelatin-like structure with colorless eyes. They actually remind us of zombie-fish, if there was such a thing. During an expedition in the Mariana Trench, which is the deepest part of the world's oceans, researchers discovered them in 2016. They live in depths of about 8,200 feet and belong to the Aphyonidea family.
6. The Pacific Viperfish
This viper can grow up to a foot long. They are found in depths of up to 9,000 feet and prefer temperate, tropical waters across the globe. They are rarely seen by humans and have awful teeth! They have a smart way of attracting their prey with photophores which are light-producing organs positioned on the sides of their bodies. They remind us of some kind of disco, but underwater.
5. The Hagfish
Hagfish are known for their repulsive feeding habits. These alien scavengers lack jaws, so they end up consuming the decaying carcasses of other sea creatures. They burrow into them with tooth-like structures, and there are an estimated 76 species. They live as deep as 5,500 feet below the water's surface and grow between 16 and 40 inches long.
4. The Faceless Cusk Eel
Now, this is enough to give you nightmares! Just as the name suggests, this eel has no face. It was first discovered in 1873 and are found 13,000 feet below the water's surface. Because of its unsettling structure, its mouth sits underneath the rest of its body and is "protrusible" when it needs to catch food. So it's not only creepy, it can protrude its mouth. Don't they look like the Dementors in Harry Potter? Or the aliens in Dreamcatcher?
3. The Japanese Spider Crab
These giants can weigh up to 44 pounds! They are found in the Pacific Ocean at depths of 160 to 2,000 feet. These crabs can grow up to 15 inches wide and are one of the largest known arthropods, which is a group of invertebrate animals that also include lobsters, spiders, and insects. All those legs are making us itch all over! We'd rather stay away from this mutant crab.
2. The Highfin Lizardfish
This Lizardfish grows to a maximum size of two and a half feet! Wow, that's incredible! Apart from its fins, it would be easy to mistake this for a reptile. It certainly has a toothy grin and can be found at depths or more than 3,200 feet. It's been spotted in Africa, between Morocco and Gabon, and also in Europe between Northern Ireland and the Mediterranean Sea.
1. The Slender Snipe Eel
These slender beasts can grow up to four feet long, weighing a few ounces. Once these eels spawn, they die and are one of the most compact deep-sea critters in the ocean. No one is sure how these fish catch their prey, but Scientists are sure it involves their beak-like mouths. These eels reproduce through a process known as broadcast spawning, where males and females respectively release eggs and sperm into a water column at the same time.
Did you find these creatures as fascinating as we did? Do any of them remind you of a scary story something out of H.P. Lovecraft's universe? Make sure to show your friends and family and remember to keep up-to-date with us for more bizarre things that we never knew existed!
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