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Alien Sharks - The Top 12 Weirdest Looking Sharks We Have Seen
The Weirdest Alien Looking Sharks Top 12
Top 12 Alien Sharks That You May Not Know About Is Here!
In the very deep parts of the ocean and sometimes right in front of your face in the shallows are sharks that you may not know about. And if you did know about them they would look so foreign to you that you would believe they were not real.
What else lurks deep in the ocean trenches and canyons. In the areas that our deepest submarines have not dared venture. When will new technology be developed so we can see even farther, deeper, and with better clarity. And finally will we discover an even smaller, perhaps microscopic shark? Or maybe a Goliath lurks deep in an ocean trench ready to scare the next generation of shark lovers.
We list these top 12 new sharks and let you figure out if they are real or not. So sit back and enjoy some of the coolest and weird looking fish you will see.
So we start with our Shark # 12 the Kitefin
The Kitefin Shark is a medium sized species of dogfish shark. It has those haunting green eyes with a blunt snout and can dive up to 2000 feet. It spends little energy while swimming but is a voracious predator.
The next shark has many gills...
Our Shark # 11 is the SixGill
The SixGill Shark are massive sharks that grow up to 16 feet and prey on food other than plankton or krill. They can dive to over 6000 feet and range all over the seas. And you can guess how they got their namesake.
The next shark is so freaky its like its not there at all...
Our Shark # 10 is the Ghost Shark
The Ghost Shark is just a plain weird looking shark. With its elephant like snout and oddly shaped appendages it is truly alien. They do not grow very big only about 1.5 meters. They are mostly in Australian waters. The males have two sets of claspers, one at the head to help in copulation.
The next shark likes things big...
Shark # 9 is the Gulper Shark
The Gulper Shark does not get its name because it hangs out at the local 7-11 and drinks Big Gulps. It does because it can eat big things, and gulp them down like at a hot dog eating contest. This three foot dogfish is a species that is vulnerable because of its long gestation period. It can dive way beyond 1500 meters and with its greenish eyes it can be a menacing looking shark.
The next shark has a funny name...
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Shark # 8 is the Wobbegong Shark
The Wobbegong sharks are also known as carpet sharks and they are ambush predators. They rely on their camouflage to blend into the sea floor in order to attack unsuspecting fish (which can include other sharks) that swim by. They can grow form 4 to 9 feet or more.
The next shark defies all description that it is named after a monster...
Shark # 7 is the Goblin Shark
Goblin Shark is a super rare deep water shark that just looks plain scary. So scary in fact that it is named after a fantasy creature. Its elongated flat snout is its most prominent feature. It also sports some nail like teeth that would keep any dentist busy. It hangs out around 330 feet and are found all over the oceans. They are not in danger as they are rarely caught.
If you like cookies then you may like this shark...
At # 6 is the Cookie Cutter Shark
Cookie Cutter Shark or Cigar shark has razor sharp teeth and suction type lips which gouges flesh from its prey. It is another dogfish that swims from the deep to the surface each day traveling around 2 miles. It bites out round areas of flesh that gives it that unique name of the Cookie Cutter shark.
The next shark is named after a massive piece of land...
The Greenland Shark
At # 5 is the Greenland Shark
The Greenland Shark - will eat anything. It will latch onto its prey and roll and spin to gouge out flesh. It has been known to eat horses and polar bears that die and fall into the water. Also know as the grey shark it is a massive shark growing to about 21 feet and larger. This apex predator is a slow swimmer and have been known to ambush and eat seals while they are sleeping.
The next shark has the eyes of hawk deep in the ocean...
At # 4 is the Crepidator Shark
The Crepidator is jet black with some bright eyes. They are the kings of the deep as they can see in very low light. It is also known as the Longnose Velvet Dogfish. It dives deep up to 7000 feet to feed on cephalopods and squid. They are not to eat as they are poisonous and not to much is known about them.
If you think you got a big mouth you should see the next shark on our list...
At # 3 is the MegaMouth Shark
Megamouth Shark is a shark with a huge distinctive mouth. They mainly feed on krill, plankton, and jellyfish. They have a silver reflective lining in their mouth that is used to attract animals toward their mouth where they can easily scoop them up with their large maw. This shark can grow up to 18 feet and spends most if its time deep in water coming up only at night to feed.
The next shark is named after a super hero or light source...
At #2 is the Lantern Shark
The Lantern Shark is a bio-luminescent shark that is quite small but can dive over 8000 feet. Being that deep they need the light they produce to feed and attract prey but actually may act as camouflage against predators.
And the last shark just may be the rarest of them all...
At # 1 is the Frilled Shark
The frilled shark is rare indeed with only a few sightings ever. It was thought to be extinct. With its long eel like body and sharp needle like teeth it can hold onto the wiggliest of prey. They dive deep and may have grown quite large in past times giving way to sea monster legends. This is truly an alien looking shark.
And there are even more alien sharks that have yet to be discovered.
Well There You Have It 12 Alien Sharks
Well the list is done by no means is it complete. I am sure there are many other rare and even weirder shark species out there. And please if you know of one right off the top of your head then feel free to leave it in our comments below.
We can always look forward to Shark Week on the Discovery Channel for more shark species yet to be found. As we dive deeper and with improved technology we learn more and more about never before seen, new species.
In the end the ocean is a deep undiscovered place. With many areas yet seen by man. So who knows what kind of alien fish still swim deep in the murky depths. Maybe one day we will find out, so stay tuned.