Terrifying Sea Creatures
Have you ever wondered why we know more about the moon than we do about our planet’s deep seas? Wonder no more, it is because we want to avoid these terrifying deep sea creatures!
Sloane’s viperfish (Chauliodus sloani) - it may not reach beyond a foot in length but its fangs are a force of nature, they are half the size of its own head and can impale any prey that swim too close.
The Pacific blackdragon (Idiacanthus antrostomus) have photophores that can produce light and researchers believe that the luminous tip on the barbel acts as a fishing lure to attract the attention of their prey.
Fanfin anglerfish (Caulophryne pelagica) are as terrifying as you can get in the deep sea. The males are one tenth the size of the females and after larval and adolescent free-living stages spend the rest of their lives parasitically attached to a female!
Black swallowers (Chiasmodon niger) are appropriately named - they can consume prey as much as ten times larger then themselves, which as the picture shows doesn’t always go to plan. Fortunately they do not grow much more than 10 inches in length.
Temperate snaggletooth (Astronesthes psychrolutes) is a species of fish that lacks scales and has a luminous red chin appendage that it uses to lure prey.
The Colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) is believed to be the largest squid species in terms of mass found in our oceans. They are one of our planet’s most elusive species and it is thought that ancient sightings of the squid gave rise to tales of the legendary Kraken.
The Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) is a species of marine crab that lives off the cost of Japan and incredibly its leg span can reach up to 12 feet in length and it can weigh just shy of 20 kg.
Polychaetes or bristles worms are a very common and diverse class of worms with over 10,000 species described so far. They can be ferocious predators and include perhaps the most disturbing and scary species in our oceans - the Bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois) pictured below, which can punch a hole straight through a fish with its jaws and grow to 10 feet in length.
Bone eating snot flower’s (Osedax mucofloris) are one of the most intriguingly named species found on our planet - they feed off the bones of whale carcasses on the sea floor. Lovely.