Top 12 Most BIZARRE Deep Sea Creatures!
- Published on: 4/5/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! From predatory underwater angels to worms that look like neon Christmas trees, here are 12 of the most amazing and bizarre deep sea creatures.
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12. Pink See-Through Fantasia
This thing looks completely surreal!! The pink see-through fantasia kind of looks like a jellyfish but it is actually a free-swimming sea cucumber. It lives about a mile-and-a-half (2.4 km) beneath the surface in the Celebes Sea, a remote part of the western Pacific to the east of Borneo.
11. Yeti Crab
Officially named the Kiwa hirsuta, the Yeti Crab is a hairy crustacean that scientists first discovered in 2005. This hairy crab definitely reminds me of the Yeti! It has long furry arms and no eyes, but it was actually named after the mythological goddess Kiwa, after the mythological Polynesian goddess of shellfish.
Teuthidodrilus samae, known more commonly as the squidworm, was discovered in 2007 in the Coral Triangle area between Indonesia and the Philippines, the same region east of Borneo where the pink see-through fantasia was first found. It was found at a depth of 1.8 miles (2.9 km) using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
9. Tripod Fish
The tripod fish (Bathypterois grallator) is one of the world’s deepest-living fish! It’s named because it actually stands on a tripod!
It inhabits temperate and tropical waters in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, at latitudes between 40 degrees north and 40 degrees south and depths between 2,950 and 15,400 feet (900 to 4,700 meters).
8. Giant Isopod
Giant isopods, of which there are 20 species, are large crustaceans belonging to the genus Bathynomus, and are distantly related to shrimp and crabs,but they're really creepy!! They dwell at depths of up to 7,000 feet (2,133.6 meters) in the cold waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
7. Leafy Sea Dragon
The leafy sea dragon is found in the waters off south and east Australia. This creature is closely related to seahorses and pipefish, although it looks much fancier. It measures up to 13.8 inches (35 cm) long, is brown to yellow in body color, and is ornately camouflaged with leaf-shaped, olive-hued appendages that help it blend in with seaweed and kelp.
The coelacanth is a primitive deep-sea fish that, until 1938, scientists believed went extinct around 65 million years ago. After all, its most recent appearance in the fossil record was 80 million years ago. This is the perfect example of creatures we thought were extinct but then came back to life.
5. Christmas Tree Worm
Found among the world’s coral reefs and named for its appearance, Spirobranchus giganteus, or the Christmas tree worm, has a tube-like body with two brightly-colored crowns protruding from it. The species is just one-and-a-half inches (3.8 cm) long, but it’s easily spotted, thanks to the array of its vibrant hues.
4. Red-Lipped Batfish
The red-lipped batfish stands out because it looks like it's wearing lipstick. (Ogcocephalus darwini) is related to other batfish, but unique to the Galapagos Islands. It dwells on the Pacific ocean floor at depths between 10 and 250 feet (3-76 meters), and in sandy reefs at depths of up to 393 feet (120 meters).
3. Sea Angel
You’ve probably never seen a pretty slug, but sea angels, a large group of extremely small marine slugs are so pretty they look like angels!!
Who would have thought?? These gelatinous creatures have flowy, translucent white bodies and wing-like appendages.
2. Deep-Red Jellyfish
Nicknamed the “Deep-Red Jellyfish,” Crossota norvegica is a type of predatory, very small animal called a hydrozoan, and lives in the Arctic Ocean at depths below 3,300 feet (1,000 meters). Described as “alien-like” in appearance, it reaches just 0.79 inches (2 cm) in body size and is round, with 275 small tentacles.
1. Terrible Claw Lobster
In 2010, a trio of scientists, including Census of Marine Life co-founder Jesse Ausubel, discovered a new species of lobster. Named Dinochelus ausubeli in honor of the Rockefeller University scholar who participated in its discovery and nicknamed the “terrible claw” or “mighty claw” lobster, this deepwater dweller was first witnessed in the waters off the Philippines, about 820 feet (250 meters) below the water’s surface.
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