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Strange Aquatic Fish & Marine Wildlife

Updated on December 27, 2014

The Blob Fish

The Ocean Layers

The ocean is made up of made up of different layers termed zones. The zones start at the surface and then downward towards the ocean deep. The top zone is known as the Euphotic layer. More or less, the different ocean creatures shared in this article, live somewhere deep in the belly of the Euphotic and Mesopelagic zones. While some of these creatures featured live even further down, scientist do not know for certain, how far beneath the big deep they are located.

The Top Ten Fish YOU Don't Wanna Catch

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10. Lumpfish9. Frill Shark8. Black Swallower Fish7. Atlantic Wolffish6. Fangtooth Fish5. Deep Sea Lizardfish4. Black Chimaera 3. Goblin Shark2. Blobfish1. Nomura's Jellyfish
10. Lumpfish
10. Lumpfish
9. Frill Shark
9. Frill Shark
8. Black Swallower Fish
8. Black Swallower Fish
7. Atlantic Wolffish
7. Atlantic Wolffish
6. Fangtooth Fish
6. Fangtooth Fish
5. Deep Sea Lizardfish
5. Deep Sea Lizardfish
4. Black Chimaera
4. Black Chimaera
3. Goblin Shark
3. Goblin Shark
2. Blobfish
2. Blobfish
1. Nomura's Jellyfish
1. Nomura's Jellyfish

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The Oceans Many Zones

The Euphotic layer starts topside of the ocean's surface, and extends a mere 200 meters down to the next ocean zone. It is here at this Euphotic sea level that most primary food production and spawning takes place in the ocean. It is also here at this depth that the infiltration of light is efficient enough, for photosynthesis to occur. The ocean is teeming with life in the Euphotic ocean zone, and it is also in this depth where man has be able to do the most creditable ocean explorations by fishing, freediving, and with scuba diving gear.

The next ocean zone known as the Mesopelagic zone is almost entirely dark. It is also where many ocean sea creatures hide out during the day for many reasons, such as to stay hidden from predators. The Mesopelagic zone range is between 200 and 1000 meters deep, and stays relatively around 2°-5°c, which is barely above the freezing point.

At a thousand meters, the Bathypelagic ocean zone begins. It is here that the pressure of the ocean is nearly a hundred times greater than that of the surface's. Since the ocean is so massive, these lower ocean zones have not been heavily explored. Beside the fact that it requires scientist to use highly technical submersibles, to even explore the ocean at this depth. Scientist are only now beginning to map the ocean floor, and as of today less than 10% of the ocean has been explored. Marine biologists are constantly making new discoveries on different fish species, which call the Bathypelagic ocean zone their home.

The second to the last ocean zone is the Abyssopelagic zone, which starts at 4000 meters below the surface. It is known as the great abyss, and extends all the way down to the sea floor. Because water pressure increases one atmosphere every 33 feet in depth, animals in the Abyssal zone must be able to withstand tremendous amounts of pressure. This pressure makes it very difficult for humans to explore the deep ocean, according to the Wild Classroom website.

Where ocean trenches are found lies another ocean zone, which cut through the ocean's sea floor, and extends even further down the "Abyss". It is here in this area, known as the Hadopelagic zone where virtually nothing is known about it. So far, it is the earth's best kept secret, and currently impossible to explore. Some of the deepest known depths go as far down as 11,000 meters. That is a total of 36,089 feet. (1 meter= 3.280 feet.) The deepest part of the ocean that has been discovered thus far is the Mariana Trench, off the coast of Japan. western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands.

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2 degree Celsius = 35.6 degree Fahrenheit


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    Rick Rudd 

    8 years ago

    It's interesting to notice the overwhelming number of downright horrifying-looking creatures down in those depths. It certainly gives a sense of sinister reputation to the darkness in which evil-looking things have always been said to live.

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    9 years ago

    u coiuldnt survive the pressure

  • RKHenry profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    Me too. It's just, I'm too chicken.

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    9 years ago

    i think its great their fasanating id love to see what else is alive down their

  • RKHenry profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    I'm with you Chaotic Chica.

    Nomoretrucks, I would have shit myself.

    Thanks for commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub.

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    Chaotic Chica 

    9 years ago

    Oh My Goodness!!! I know that there are a great many creatures of the sea that we are as yet unaware of but if these are just a sampling, I'm not sure I ever want to take up deep sea diving!

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    9 years ago from scotland

    hiya RKH, i once had a close encounter with a Moray eel in the Red sea but it was a pussycat compared to these boys. I live in the official home of the 'Smokie' although they don't look as ugly when they are caught!

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    9 years ago

    I've said it a million times and I'll say it again. CREEEEEEEPYYY!!!! As scary as they are something pulls me towards them. I don't know what it is. I wrote about two deep sea fish so far. Wrote about the Fangtooth and the Viperfish. If you're into this kind of thing. check it out

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    nicomp really 

    10 years ago from Ohio, USA

    Oh my goodness. I may not sleep tonight. No more seafood for me.

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    10 years ago

    LOL they would when hauling up onto your boat for sure. Pretty cool stuff though. amazing critters down below

  • RKHenry profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    Some of those fish scared the hell out of me.

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    10 years ago

    I love this RK. I watch the nature shows a lot and especially the deep ocean ones. It's enough to give one nightmares ain't it? LOL great job. peace, CC

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    10 years ago from Egypt

    wow, interesting info...i don't wanna be catching of these

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    Nicole A. Winter 

    10 years ago from Chicago, IL

    Great pictures, RKHenry, thanks for publishing this! That Black Chimera is the creepiest looking thing.

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    10 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

    Rather informative. I'll be sure to not go fishing in the sea any time soon...besides, still looking to fix up my schooner after that run-in with Nessie. Dang, that was sucky.

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    benny Faye Douglass 

    10 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

    thanks for all the pictures and info on fishes of the deep. wow, some of those fishes looked monsterous and scarry. I appreciate the information,I'm sure wasn't easy to come by,especially the pictures. creativeone59

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    10 years ago from New York City

    Totally terrifying!!! Definitely don't want to catch them!

  • shamelabboush profile image


    10 years ago

    That IS terrifying! Never known that those things exist?


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