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Real Sea Monsters - The Freaky Ones

Updated on August 13, 2010
Don't worry, this one is still a fake
Don't worry, this one is still a fake

If you really dig hard enough, you might end up finding that the legends foretold centuries ago might have a grain of truth in them. Images of sea monsters reported by sailors of the antiquity might often look like something drawn out of imagination running wild but in a few cases, they were right on the money. Its pretty clear that marine biologists have only tabulated the tip of the iceberg when it comes to life diversity lurking in the depths of oceans. 

Here are some of the newly discovered creatures that caught my attention and look something right out of a Tim Burton movie, but alas, are real.

The Grandpa fish
The Grandpa fish

This fish is probably what triggered the whole 'fish with human faces' folklore and is likely the source of mermaid legends too. As for its name, I'm not really sure, may be its supposed to remind you of your long dead grandpa coming back to the mortal realm as a really ugly oceanoid.


This particular monster hit the world headlines when it was discovered in the Pacific ocean near Oahu. From the looks of it, its some sort of prehistoric hybrid of a bat, spider and squids that haven't changed over millions of years. Its around 4 meters long and scientists don't even have a name for it yet, I think.  

Colossal Squid
Colossal Squid

This colossal squid weighing 990 pounds was captured near New Zealand by a fishing crew. Its got eyes as big as dining platters and barbed hooks on its tentacles. This thing can move through water at depths greater than 6500 ft and is a very aggressive and an active killer.

For a comprehensive guide through recent discoveries of strange and deadly sea creatures, visit the site Monsters Exposed, and better yet follow me on Twitter @

If you had to, which one would you take home as your beloved pet?

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      mrofficermark 6 years ago

      sea monsters real or fake

      my sat is yes or no

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      Matthew Michael Cabrero 6 years ago

      These things are really freaky

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      Maegan 6 years ago

      Wow that Grandpa fish is so cool. I wish my mom and dad would let me take one home!

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      stunnercold 6 years ago from Dubai

      I think around 8 new species were identified by marine biologists this year. Goddamn they look satanic as hell.

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      stunnercold 6 years ago from Dubai

      I won't be keeping it as a pet any time soon!

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      Haha the grandpa fish surely freaked me out. :)

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      akjdpojr[ 6 years ago

      dang those thing are creepyly cool in many different ways

      i want a Squid Bat spiders thingy ?

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      Stamotus 7 years ago

      Wow, I would want that hybrid fish as a pet, just let it fly if it can and see where it would go, probably to water, lol

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      wyrmshoppe 7 years ago

      That first image in your hub was what caught my eye - thank goodness it isn't real! I think having a giant squid around would be neat. I've checked out the octopi at the aquarium and they are rather mesmerizing.

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Still so much we don't know about the depths of the deep. Fascinating. The squid thing reminds me of the movie "The Sphere" with Dustin Hoffman. Very creepy.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love stuff like this! I want one of those grandpa fish!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Unbelievable... this is really a sea monster. Amazing, my friend. Thanks for share about this monster. Great hub.

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      The grandpa fish reminds me of ET. My son took pictures of a creature they found in the sea, from our yacht, in Northern Mozambique. It looks like the squid-bat-spider-thingy, about, I would say 20cm long, but see-through, like clear jelly. We do have a lot to discover!

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      stunnercold 7 years ago from Dubai

      Thanks Vines, I think so too.

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      Vines 7 years ago

      That grandpa fish is pretty....cute!