MORE SCARY DEEP SEA CREATURES
Added on: 11th Jan 2015
Not to be confused with the Chimera of Greek mythology, these
creatures are also known as ghost sharks, and although they used
to reside throughout the world’s oceans, today they are mostly confined
to deep water.
Although these tiny crustaceans are usually no longer than an inch,
deep down on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, about 6km beneath the
waves, they can grow up to 1 foot in length.
This deep sea predator got its name for a reason. Because most of
its prey are bioluminescent, their stomach is designed to prevent
light from radiating through.
Named after the elephant in the Disney film, this octopus isn’t
necessarily as terrifying as the frill shark but it’s far too strange to
not include on this list.
Named after its hunting technique the anglerfish uses a fleshy
growth protruding from the top of its head as a lure to attract its prey.
Also known as the pelican eel, this is probably one of strangest
looking creatures lurking in the deep. With an enormous mouth
it is capable of swallowing things much, much larger than itself.
There aren’t many ways to describe this deep sea critter that don’t
include the words “very ugly”. Like several other species on this list,
due to the fact that it lives at such depths, it’s capable of producing its
own light and uses this ability to hunt its prey.
Not to be confused with the freshwater hatchet fish found in many
home aquariums this species was named after the distinctive hatchet
shape of its body. Living at extreme depths it has two tubular eyes that
point upward enabling it to catch food falling from above.