DEEP SEA CREATURES THAT ARE SCARY
Added on: 12th May 2015
Also known as spook fish, these strange looking creatures are similar to
Hatchet fish in that they have two upward facing eyes to scan for prey.
Their distinctive feature, however, is the transparent dome that encases them.
One of the more abundant bottom dwellers, grenadiers have been
estimated to make up about 15% of the deep sea population and
found at depths of up 6km there are few other creatures that can
survive in such hostile environments.
BLUE RINGED OCTOPUS
Although it may not be as physically imposing as some of the
other creatures on this list, the blue ringed octopus is easily one of
the most dangerous animals in the ocean. It’s venom is extremely
potent and because there is no antivenin, it is certainly a good idea
to steer clear.
Since its discovery in 1976 this extremely rare species of deep water
shark has rarely been seen by human eyes and as of yet there is still
no consensus in the scientific community as to how to actually classify it.
It’s most distinctive feature as you probably guessed is its gaping
mouth that it most likely uses to swallow plankton and small fish.
While during the day it stays in deep water, at night it has been known to
venture into shallower territory and into the nets of deep sea
fishermen. They don’t survive very well in captivity, however, so not
much is known about them, although their appearance certainly earns
them a spot on this list.
THE BLACK SWALLOWER
Also known as the great swallower, the capacity of this little monster to
engulf and digest things significantly larger than itself should not be
underestimated. In fact, it can consume prey over 10 times its own mass.
Although it has an intense sounding name (and for good reason
considering the fact that its teeth are proportionately the largest of any
fish in the ocean) the fang-tooth is actually quite small and harmless
to humans. Terrifying…but harmless.
Not much is known about this deep sea dweller as only a few specimens
have ever been caught by fishing boats, but those rare catches have
been enough to earn it a fearsome reputation. With a prominent snout
and retractable jaws its physical characteristics are worthy of its name.