MORE CRAZY SEA CREATURES
Added on: 31st Jan 2015
Not the most cuddly looking creature in the ocean, the
stargazer buries itself in the sand and lies in wait to
ambush its prey.
Also known as seabats or anglerfishes, the Ogcocephalus
parvus is a species of batfish that grows to a length of
4 inches (10 cm). It has a bulbous lure or an esca which
unlike that of most anglerfishes is not luminous but rather
secretes fluid which acts like a chemical to attract prey.
This neotenic salamander that is already near extinction,
also called ajolote, is widely used in scientific research
due to its ability to regenerate its limbs. Because it is
carnivorous, it feeds on worms, insects and small fish
in the wild.
The ocean sunfish is the heaviest known bony fish in the
world and has an average adult weight of 2,200 lbs (1,000 kg).
A laterally flattened body, the common mola as it is also
known, generally feasts on jellyfish.
A strange looking sea slug, the blue dragon is a gastropod
that floats upside down on the surface of the ocean because
of the location of its gas sac.
Another mollusc on this list that is a part of the world’s most
abundant gastropod species, sea butterflies have calcified
shells and because of that the increased levels of oceanic
acidity threaten their survival.
Named after the mythical Yeti, this deep sea creature lives
in hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean.
Males prefer warmer waters and the females who carry the
eggs and the younger ones prefer the coldest.
With numerous protrusions all over its body serving as
camouflage it is popularly called a “leafy” and is also the
marine emblem of the state of South Australia.