Added on: 17th Jun 2015
Caprellidae is a family of amphipods commonly known as
skeleton shrimps. Their common name denotes the threadlike
slender body which allows them to virtually disappear among
the fine filaments of seaweed, hydroids and bryozoans.
They are sometimes also known as ghost shrimps.
Although it looks like the common squid, the sparkling enope
Squid or firefly squid only grows up to 3 inches (7.6 cm) long when
it matures and dies after one year. It is commercially fished in
Japan and is known for lighting up the shoreline when large
numbers get washed up.
One look at the photo should explain the name. Although not all
carpet sharks resemble carpets to this extent, as you can see
some really live up to their name.
Moving around on the sea floor by walking rather than swimming,
they are also known as warty anglers, and their highly modified
fins resemble hands.
These strange looking creatures live on deep ocean bottoms,
specifically on the abyssal plain in the Atlantic, Pacific and
Indian Ocean, typically at depths of over 1000 metres.
Some related species can be found in the Antarctic.
It may look like a plant under the sea but it’s definitely not.
In fact it is a carnivorous deep sea sponge which was
Discovered in 2012 by a group from the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Research Institute (MBARI). This newly discovered creature lives
several kilometres below the waves. Its usual meal menu includes
copepods and other crustaceans.
Often cited as a delicacy in Chile, up close it resembles a
mass of organs inside a rock that eats by sucking in water rich
in organic matter and filtering out microorganisms.
Why sarcastic? We’re not sure, but one thing that can be
said of this creature is that it is ferocious. Highly territorial,
when two of these uglies battle it out, they wrestle by pressing
their mouths together as if kissing which allows them to
figure out which is the larger fish and thus the winner