While the world today is obsessed with zombies and aliens, those are just in movies. What if you met face to face with an actual alien-like creature? Will you still watch horror movies? Scientists and research gurus have gone to extreme depths to reveal the mysteries that lie beneath the sea waves. And they have discovered that the most bizarre, the most-scaring, and the oddest-looking creatures on this planet are habitats of the deep seas and oceans.
It is amusing and scary under the waves of the deep seas and oceans. You will not believe what lies deep under the sea. There are creatures of all shapes and sizes, and bizarre. You would think they actually fell from the sky into the oceans, from some far-off planet. Some of them lie in the deepest parts of the oceans in the pitch black depths with a pressure of over 12 times the sea level pressure.
On this piece, we reveal 25 images of sea creatures that actually exist, and where to find them — the likes of blob Sculpins, giant isopod, and so forth. You might come across some of them, someday. And some of them are incredibly huge; they might scare you never to return to the sea.
This is a strange crab that is found 5000 feet below the sea level in deep oceans. Scientists discovered it in a hydrothermal vent south of Easter Island. They gave the furry-clawed animal a new genus name of Kiwa, under a new family Kiwidae. The two are attributed to the mythological Polynesian goddess of shellfish. Kiwa uses bacteria from its claws to detoxify its food. It is also said to be blind, though it is not scientifically confirmed.
Anglerfish is found near the Lofoten Islands in Norway. You will easily locate it at the dark waters, about 1000 meters below the sea level. It has a saggy face, and a distinctively scary face, and sharp teeth. Its mouth is also very wide. It's only 20 centimeters long, but if you see it, you'd think it can swallow you alive. Its feeding method is what will make you want to see it. It has a built-in rod, with a tempting filament that it uses to lure other small fishes.
If you thought it's only a shark that has long teeth, you're overly mistaken. An adult Fangtooth fish has the longest teeth amongst all fish of the ocean, of course, proportionate to the size of its body. They’re commonly found in tropical and cold-temperature waters across the world. Their teeth look enormous, but the length of the teeth of an adult Fangtooth is only six inches. And don’t worry about being attacked by one, they’re rarely seen; they reside in the deepest parts of the sea.
21 Frilled Shark
Until you see this one, you'll think it's not real. The Frilled Shark has a head of a shark and a body of a snake. If you're superstitious, and you happen to see one, you'll believe a hundred percent you've seen a ghost. And it's quite easy to see one as they're not deep sea creatures. Frilled Sharks are commonly spotted about 160 feet deep in the Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. They're mostly called living fossils; there is a 2.5 million years old fossil of a Frilled Shark.
The triggerfish can be found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. It's a toothy fish that from the face, you'd think it's giving you a weird smile. It's adorable from the side, mostly because of the many beautiful colors. But that should be the far you see because if you meet this fellow head-on, its human-like lips and teeth might scare you to death; it's not very friendly. Its eyes are almost at its tail.
19 Eastern Fiddler Ray
The eastern fiddler ray is a strange sea creature that can only be found in Australia. It is commonly found on the sandy bays and the reefs on the coastlines hunting the shellfish and other animals found at the seafloor. The triangular markings behind its eyes make it quite uniquely beautiful. The distinctive colors and the shapes of the markings have earned it the name "banjo shark." The eastern fiddler ray can grow up to a length of 1.2 meters.
18 Red-Lipped Batfish
Just as the name says, the red-lipped batfish has red lips and fins that it uses to walk on the seafloor. It is one of the 60 species of batfish, and it can be found at Galápagos Islands of Ecuador. It has an in-built fishing rod snout that it uses to lure other small fishes close to its red lips for food. Without the photographer's flash, the lips appear less conspicuous, which you can quickly notice if you traveled to the Galápagos Islands.
17 Gulper Eel
This sea monster that looks like an eel is not really an eel; it's actually a fish. Gulper Eels can be found in pitch black depths of up to 10,000 feet below the sea level in seas and oceans. The monster fish has two very outstanding features; one of them is its wide mouth and the frightening teeth, and the bioluminescence feature. Its distinctively huge jaws also make it possible for them to eat up prey that is way bigger than they are.
16 Red Handfish
This strange looking sea creature is said to be among the rarest fish in the world, with an estimation of between 20 and 40 of them remaining. It seems like it's wearing a Mohawk hairstyle. What is so fascinating about it is that it is among the few fishes that can’t swim, and its way of moving around is kind of weird. It uses its fins that look like hands to walk on the seafloor.
15 Dumbo Octopus
It is called Dumbo Octopus because of its big fins, a reminiscence of Dumbo’s floppy ears. The little Dumbo flaps these ear-like fins to swim around in the ocean. They reside close to the seafloor, at depths of about 9000 feet. You'll need to be more than a scuba diver to be able to see one. Like other octopus, the Dumbo Octopus has eight arms; the difference is that its arms are webbed, and it uses them to help in swimming, supplementing the big fins.
14 Northern Stargazer Fish
The Northern Stargazer can camouflage in the sand and become invisible from other sea dwellers. It has mouth and nostrils, and eyes on top of its head. When it buries itself under the sand to hunt, it waits for its prey until it comes close enough for capture, it then sends electric shocks to stun and capture it. It can also wait until the prey is right above its mouth, and pop up to catch it. The Northern Stargazer is found in the sandy seafloors of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Viperfish is among the most dangerous sea creatures known in the world. It has a giant mouth, beautified by monster fang-like teeth. The teeth are too huge that they cannot fit in the mouth. It resides in deep sea waters of about 5000 feet during the day and comes up to much shallower depths during the night; the perfect time to see it. It can remain motionless for hours, and with its beautiful photophores, it lures and captures unsuspecting preys as they approach.
12 Vampire Squid
This sea creature got its vampire name from its webbing, which it uses the same way as vampire’s black cloak. It can turn it inside out and cover itself when it senses danger. The webbing is also covered with fleshy spines. Residing in sea depths of between 2000 and 3000 feet, the vampire squid reacts to extreme agitation by shooting blue bioluminescent mucus from the tips of its arms to stun predators so it can go away into hiding.
11 Sea Cucumber
The Sea Cucumber can easily be seen floating on the waters of Bikini Atoll, which was once used to perform a series of nuclear bomb tests. It feeds on small aquatic animals, waste materials in the sea, and algae, and it can grow to a length of 2 meters. Sea cucumbers can recycle food particles into fodder, just like soil warms do. These small sea creatures have a very crazy defense mechanism; ejecting internal organs from their anus and regenerating them later.
Just by looking at this giant fish, you’ll not ask how it got its name wolffish. Its teeth are way too huge that they stick out of the mouth even when it’s closed. An adult wolfish grows to a length of six feet. They feed on animals with hard shells like the clam, using their strong canines and molars to attack and crush their prey. They're found in the northern parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Despite the ferocious appearance, wolffish are not known to bite people, unless they’re cornered.
9 Tasselled Wobbegong
Tasselled Wobbegong is a type of carpet shark that resides on the coral reefs in Northern Australia and New Guinea. It preys on nearby sea animals by lying motionless on the seafloor, waiting patiently until prey passes by. An adult Tasseled Wobbegong shark grows to a length of 125cm maximum and resides at the seashores at a depth of 50 meters. It uses its fleshy tentacles and the brownish-red coloring to camouflage itself among the coral reefs.
8 Blue Ringed Octopus
The blue-ringed octopus is one of the sea creatures you will want to stay as far away from as you can. It is a very dangerous animal, one of the top most dangerous below the waves of the sea, and its venom is so potent. Its bite causes muscle paralysis, and it can kill an adult human almost instantly. And not just that, there's no antidote for blue-ringed octopus poison. It is easily noticeable thanks to its outstanding blue rings.
7 Barreleye (Spookfish)
Barreleye fish, also known as spookfish is said to have been in existence since 1939, but no living Barreleye fish was ever found until 2004. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute discovered this fish alive in the deep waters off California's coast. With a head like a fighter jet cockpit, the Barreleye fish has two eyes facing upwards that it uses to scan for prey. It has a very distinctive feature of a soft transparent dome that makes it look like a fighter plane.
6 Giant Hatchetfish
Giant Hatchetfish is not actually a giant, in fact, it is only 11 centimeters long. But it has some giant features. For example, this fish has light-producing organs lined up on its stomach and a very sharp blade on its hatchet. The light producing organs shine very brightly above on the ocean surface, producing counter illumination that confuses its predators below it. The light produces dark silhouettes, and the predators go for those. Giant Hatchet can be found across the world in temperate and tropical waters.
5 The Black Swallower
Also called the great swallower, this deep-sea creature is not as big as its name suggests. An adult black swallower only grows to a maximum length of 10 inches. It, however, has a distending stomach and a nimble jaw that enables it to swallow prey double its length, and ten times its mass. When it sees a prey its size, it goes for that first, but it has had to adapt to swallowing large ones because small animals are not common. Its jaws swing down to accommodate fish larger than its head.
4 Goblin Shark
There is not much information about this deep sea shark, as only a few of them have been caught with fishing nets. It is also believed that only a few of them are remaining in the world. However, the few specimens caught on fishing boats have earned this creature a strange reputation. Some of its scaring features are the prominent snout and the retractable jaw. Physically it looks more dangerous than the ordinary man-eating shark. It belongs to a 125 million years old Mitsukurinidae family.
3 The Chimaera
The chimaera resides in deep waters of up to 8500 feet and can grow to 5 feet long. The most intriguing feature of the chimaera is its boneless skeleton. It is composed of flexible cartilage. You can see almost all of its skeleton at first glance. It doesn't have eyes; I mean real eyes. The objects you see that resemble eyes are unique organs the chimaera uses to "see" by detecting electric fields. The chimaeras are commonly known as ghost sharks or rabbitfish.
2 Giant Spider Crab
The giant spider crab is the world’s largest living crab that resides in the pitch black depths in the seas and oceans – up to 1000 feet below the sea level. Found mostly in Japanese waters, the giant spider crab has the longest legs among other arthropods at 3.7 meters. An adult giant spider crab weighs 42 pounds. With a lifespan of 100 years, these crabs are easily found off the southern coast of the largest Island in Japan - Honshu Islands.
1 Giant Squid
Giant squids are really giants, very big such that they can grow to 14 meters. They feed on baby whales, and baby whales are not really babies. The largest giant squids can be found across the planet in all oceans, but currently, you can easily see them in the Gulf of Mexico, in the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, Hawaii, California, and the southern oceans. Giant squids are among the largest and the most dangerous deep-sea creatures, with the adult ones weighing up to 1 ton.