To Seek Out New Life Forms

Introduction

To seek out new life forms, was part of an expression to the opening statement of the Star Trek series. I started this hub with that expression because that statement was often used in reference to exploration on other planets. Today we can seek out strange new life forms on our very own planet without ever leaving it. New species of life are discovered on a regular basis both on land in tropical regions and under water at extreme depths. However, the vase majority of these new species are discovered in the waters. When you see some of these images it is difficult to believe that these creatures are living on the same world as we are. Take a look at a few we have already discovered on our own world.

Deep-sea Amphipod Crustacean
Deep-sea Amphipod Crustacean

This creature is a deep-sea creature amphipod crustacean. The obvious feature of this creature is the two large eyes. It needs these eyes to see other creatures that emit small amounts of light. At depths around 2 miles or more there is no light there, just total darkness.

Anglerfish
Anglerfish

This is an Anglerfish from the depths. I do not think you want to mess with this guy. At that depth you probably will not see him, but there are some Anglerfish at this depths with lighted lure to attract their next meal. 

Fish from the Antarctica waters
Fish from the Antarctica waters

This fish is found in the cold waters of the Antarctica region. This fish is capable of surviving freezing water temperature because it has an anti-freeze like substance circulating in its body instead of red blood cells.

Sea Cucumber
Sea Cucumber

This strange looking creature is a variety of marine animals we call sea cucumbers. It was found off the coast of Antarctica. The animal is sometimes called a "sea pig". Come to think of it, it does look like a bloated pig with a lot of legs.

Oarfish
Oarfish

Here is a photo taken off the Gulf of Mexico of three guys holding an Oarfish. This is a rarely seen deep-sea creature. Occasionally, a dying Oarfish can be seen at the water surface or washed a shore. A Oarfish as long as 41 feet has been reported. Some believe the appearance of this fish in ancient times is what start the myth of the "Sea Serpent" heard in many cultures and stories around the world.

Crab
Crab

This new species of crab was discovered off the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge in the South Pacific Ocean. It was named Kiwa hirsuta kiwa, after the goddess of shellfish in Polynesian mythology, but has become known as the yeti crab because of its hairy legs. I do not think I would want to eat one of these guys until they remove the hair.

Deep-Sea Jelly
Deep-Sea Jelly

Now, look at this creature, it appears to be from another planet. It even looks like a flying saucer. This is a Deep-Sea Jellyfish. This animal puts on quite a light show when threaten by a predator. The light show serves as an alarm to attract other creatures to the scene in an attempt to scare off the predator.

Isopod
Isopod

This is a giant Isopod. They are found in the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Below is a close-up of this guy in better lighting.

Tube worms
Tube worms

These are Vestimentiferan worms found near methane seeps in the oceans. They are a form of tube worms often found near thermal vents in the oceans.


Conclusion

As you can see there are many bizarre creatures living below the surface of our waters and many more yet to be discovered. It is not hard to imagine that life must exist on other earth-like planets in our Milky Way Galaxy and beyond after looking at these pictures. Life on those other planets may not look like us or any other life form on this planet but they might just exist in some strange and bizarre form.



© 2010 Melvin Porter

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melpor 2 years ago from New Jersey, USA Author

Natasha, thanks for your comment. Yep, there are strange life forms on our planet and this is just the tip of the iceberg we are seeing. There are probably more to be discovered, especially underwater and in some jungles out there.


Natasha Peters 2 years ago

Wow! The deep-sea jellyfish looks incredibly alien. In fact, its strange body looks like a giant button that, if pushed, would blow it up. But that's the sci-fi game fanatic in me. Great list, melpor - it really showcases the Earth's diversity.


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melpor 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA Author

Teaches 12345, thanks for your comment and for stopping by to red my hub. If there are life on other planets in the universe they probably are similar to some of these creatures found on our own planet.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I believe I have seen the isopod in films like Lord of the Rings. What amazing creatures exist and so fascinating! I think the sea cucumber is adorable. Thanks for posting this educational hub. Voted up!


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melpor 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA Author

Asianlight, I believe it is purely coincidental. Some of these creatures were recently discovered in the last few years. I do not think there is any connections between the flying-saucer looking jellyfish and UFOs. Thanks for your comment and compliment.


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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

Wow, those creatures are amazing! I'm especially fond of the jellyfish. It no doubt existed before people started designing flying saucers for films. Had some people seen them or is that purely coincidence? (I don't believe in coincidences) Hummmmmmm

You're a very professional and fascinating writer and I'm glad I found you!


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melpor 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA Author

Lightning John, thanks for your comments. This is just a small sample of the creatures discovered under the water. There are many yet to be discovered.


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lightning john 5 years ago from Florida

This is a very cool Hub! Thanks you!


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melpor 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA Author

Dahoglund, thanks for your comment once again. I agree with you, why are we spending so much money on space exploration when there are places below the surface of the ocean we have yet to explore. Space exploration is good, but the cost is very prohibitive.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I often ondered why so much was expended on space exploration when there is so much to explore in the oceans.


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melpor 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA Author

Maven101, thanks for your comment. I wrote this hub to show the diversity of life on our planet. This fact may also be applied to other earth-like planets scattered throughout the universe. Life may be even more diverse once we take the whole universe into consideration.


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maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

How interesting !! What a planet we live on and share with these exotically designed creatures... Life is so ubiquitous, yet with its own dignity...

I scuba in the Sea of Cortez every year about this time, and am forever amazed at the proliferation of life under the waves...

Thanks for this most interesting and well-written Hub...Thumbs up...Larry

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