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Top 5 Strangest Deep Sea Creatures

Updated on April 9, 2016

Since humankind invented the means to delve into the fascinating world under the ocean, sea creatures have become a great obsession to muse over. However, the deeper into the black abyss of the sea you go the stranger these creatures become. Here's my list for the top 5 strangest deep sea creatures. Prepare for a pleasant shock.


Number 5: Chimaera

The Chimaera is also known as 'Ratfish' or 'Ghost Sharks'. They are found in temperate oceans throughout the world, mostly in deep water. The largest can reach up to a length of 2 meters. They have large heads, long, thin, rat like tails, and large, fan-like pectoral fins. In many species there is a poison spine in front of the first dorsal fin. Some mash-up of features if you ask me. Seems like a pelican, an eel and a sea turtle had a threesome. That’s a bit of a mind bender. No wonder they’re called Chimeras.

But we cannot judge a book by its cover. These fish actually have an interesting and useful ability. This strange cartilaginous fish uses its long snout to scan over the sea floor for the electrical impulses of its prey that bury in the muddy sea floor, just like a metal detector. Seems to be a method to the madness of nature after all.


Number 4: Frilled Shark

Humans rarely encounter frilled sharks, probably because they prefer to remain in the oceans' depths, up to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface. Considered living fossils, frilled sharks bear many physical characteristics of ancestors who swam the seas in the time of the dinosaurs. A 5.3-foot (1.6-meter) specimen was found in shallow water in Japan in 2007 but died hours after being transferred to a marine park. That action reminds me of a mother telling a curious child: “Johnny, no, don’t touch that, leave it where you found it.”

The frilled shark’s mouth gives the maw of a great white a run for its money. It’s lined with 25 rows of backward-facing, trident-shaped teeth—300 in all. Talk about a mouth full of teeth

The sharks use the bright white teeth, which sharply contrast against its brown body, to lure in prey: By the time [the prey] realize, "Oh, that’s the teeth of a shark", they’re too close and the shark is able to ambush them at that point. These fish then qualify as the underwater counterpart of a light and their prey being moths. “No Harry no! Don’t look at the light!” “I can’t help it, it’s so beautiful.” Rest in peace Harry


Number 3: Barrel-eye Fish

The Barrel eye are also known as 'Spook Fish'. They are found in tropical-to-temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. These fish have large, telescoping eyes, which protrude from the head, but are enclosed within a large transparent dome of soft tissue. Sorry invisible man, you’ve been replaced. We can see the brains of these fish! That definitely trumps you.

Their eyes are directed upwards to detect the silhouettes of available prey. They can do this while staying completely motionless. Less effort, yet still successful. They just chill around and when something comes around their minds go: “I see you. Surprise here I am! Now I’m gonna eat you.”
Sounds like a dinnertime game of hide and go eat.

Nature really is strange. I mean a transparent head? Why? How insanely creepy that thing is.


Number 2: Fangtooth

These fish are also called 'Ogre Fish'. Their name was mostly influenced for their disproportionately large, fang-like teeth and unapproachable visage. These creatures however are actually quite small and harmless to humans: the larger of the two species, the common Fangtooth, reaches a maximum length of just 16 centimeters (6 inches); the shorthorn Fangtooth is about half this size.

Although they may not be large and harmful , with a face like that they sure make a statement. One of these babies skulls nailed on the front door of your house should scare the heck out of Jehovah Witnesses so they leave you in peace.

According to BBC’s “Blue Planet”, the Fangtooth has the largest teeth of any fish in the ocean, proportionate to body size, and are so large, they can never close their mouths.

They make Saber tooth tigers look like small fry.


Number 1: Goblin Sharks

As with most creatures on this list the goblin sharks name is pretty self-explanatory.

They feel comfortable living in the very deep parts of the water close to the floor of the ocean. They don’t like to be exposed to the sunlight so they are sometimes referred to as vampire sharks. The numbers of them aren’t even able to be estimated due to the lack of sightings of them.

They have one of the most unique shapes about them of all sharks. In fact, some individuals who have seen them in the water report disabled and disfigured sharks. Not hard to see why. It’s assumed this is some type of species that has been born with genetic concerns or that has been mangled by another creature living in the water.

You poor unfortunate things. Genes were really not kind to you. Come on nature play nice already!

These sharks have a very unique way of attacking their prey. When they approach it their jaw goes out similar to how a human can stick out its tongue. Then with a sucking motion they draw they prey into their mouth where very powerful teeth are waiting to consume it. Think of a vacuum cleaner with a shredding machine waiting at the other side.

That pink is due to the skin being so transparent you can actually see the blood vessels inside. It seems like this is a fashion fad in the deep sea. Well who needs pigments when it’s already pitch dark down there?


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