60% of the world is vast bodies of water, which we frighteningly know so little about. Scientists claim that life originated from the deep, yet we haven’t explored 90% of it. We know more about space than our proposed origins.
Lurking within our oceans are thousands of strange sea creatures. While some seem to have been pulled from myths and fantasies, others are the stuff of nightmares.
In this article, we will be diving the deep. Here are ten sea creatures you didn’t know existed:
1, Pink See-Through Fantasia:
I know it sounds like lingerie in a Victoria’s Secret unique collection, but no, it’s a sea cucumber. It is named for its transparent skin through which its mouth, anus, and intestine are visible. This unique creature uses bioluminescence to ward off predators. It can be found at about 7000 feet deep in the western Pacific.
2, The Peacock Mantis Shrimp:
Do not be fooled by its small size, this shrimp has the strongest punch in the animal kingdom. Their club-like appendages accelerate faster than a bullet out of a gun. Despite their small size, these resilient crustaceans have been found to engage in battles with octopi and emerge victorious. They inhabit the waters of the Indian tropical western Pacific Ocean.
3, Frilled Shark
The frilled shark has been swimming in the oceans for over 80 million years. It has been located at depths of 12,000 meters in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They can grow up to 7 feet long and have six pairs of frilly girls and long extendable Jaws
4, Vampire Squid
It is neither a squid nor an octopus but a separate animal. The Vampire Squid has no relation to Dracula and doesn’t feed on blood. It is a filter feeder whose diet is “Marine Snow”: Falling debris from creatures above. This creature has adapted to its life in the dark depths, residing at around 2,000 to 3,000 feet below the surface, and it cannot survive in sunlight.
5, The Gulper Eel
They also refer to it as a Pelican Eel due to its expansive mouth, which resembles that of a pelican. It can grow up to 6 feet long, and its loosely hinged mouth allows it to swallow prey much larger than itself.
6, Red-Lipped Batfish:
The Red-lipped Batfish is named for its red lips that make it appear to be wearing heavy lipstick ( just like Folake). It is also called the Galapagos Batfish and lives at the bottom of the ocean.
7, The Sea Pen
This creature is also known as Ptilosancus Gurneyi. It is named because of its resemblance to a quill. It is actually a colony of animals that can withdraw into soft sediment where it’s found.
8, The Blobfish (Aka Fathead)
It is considered one of the world’s ugliest animals( sorry, bro). However, this little guy appears rather normal when in his habitat. Its bloated appearance occurs when it is taken out onto the surface because its swim bladder inflates. It is rather remarkable, capable of surviving at depths greater than 4,000 feet where the pressure is about 120 times greater than sea level.
9, The Japanese Spider Crab
Trust Japan to produce something this weird. This creature looks like what would happen if a spider and a crab decided to have a baby (Pretty, sure. I’ve seen an anime like that)
It can grow up to 12 feet long and lives around 1000 feet in Japanese waters. The Japanese spider Crab likes to feed on the carcasses of other marine animals. It occasionally adorns its shell with sponges or anemones for camouflage.
10. The Black Swallower Fish.
It gets its name from living in deep black waters, around 9000 feet, where light does not reach, and from its ability to swallow up prey much larger than itself. It possesses a large, extendable jaw and an extended gut attached to its belly, which help it swallow and store its prey.
Alright, folks, that’s enough diving for today. The ocean is home to many more fantastic sea creatures waiting for us to discover. You can read more of our wildlife articles here. Don’t forget to like and leave a comment. Until next time, stay curious.