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The Squidworm (Teuthidodrilus) is a worm that thinks its a squid! With hilarious results. I mean, horrifying results.

These bizarre polychaetes could ONLY come from the deep sea (or a feverish and tormented imagination).

They swim quite far above the ocean floor by waving their bristles around like dozens of tiny oars.

They reach less than 10 cm long, but that doesn’t include 10, huge tentacles that sprout out of their face and can each get longer than their body!

Good to know they’ve got the right priorities.

…Video: serpentproject

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Take The Plunge With These Deep, Dark Photos Of The Abyss

Thalassophobia, from the Greek, means “fear of the ocean”. But in reality, the phobia is closer to a fear of the abyss. You know the chill you get when you hear the sound of metal creaking underwater, or when you drop a rock into a deep lake and watch a it sink into nothingness? That’s Thalassophobia.

Want more deep sea photos? Click here!

Source: /r/thalassophobia

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JEWEL-LIKE CRUSTACEAN FROM THE DEEP SEA

Amphipods are small crustacean that inhabits all acuatic environments, from ocean depths to groundwater, in freshwater systems, also found in caves and sea ice. Their feeding strategies are various: detrital feeders, herbivores, scavengers and suspension feeder, over 800 Species of amphipods are know worldwide.
These amphipods of the families Epimeriidae and Iphimediidae are among the prettiest, these living gems are predominantly red, and fades quicly with increasing depth. They are foud in the Southern Ocean and are tiny, just 2-4cm long.
At 1950 m Epimeria larsi, aka the pink gem holds the deepest known species record for the genus, and was collected from the northern Ross Sea slope.

  • Photo: Top left: Epimeria rimicarinata; Top right: E. larsi; Middle row: E. schiaparelli (named after the photographer); Bottom right: Epimeria robusta. The bottom left image is of a closely related genus, Echiniphimedia, aptly named the ‘prickly’ amphipod. Credit: Stefano Schiaparelli (University of Genoa) and David Bowden (NIWA)/ IPY CAML voyage TAN0802.
  • More NIWA
  • more about Antarctic amphipods
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Squid Watching Over Eggs

All squid species have long been thought to lay their egg clusters on the sea floor and move on. Then in 2005, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) observed a deep-sea squid species, the Clawed Armhook Squid (Gonatus onyx) that keeps close watch over her eggs.

Suspended from the squid’s arms by hooks, the female squid carries her brood of roughly 3,000 eggs with her to keep them safe at depths of 5,000 to 7,000 feet (1,500 to 2,500 meters). She uses her tentacles to push water through the egg cases, providing them with oxygen.

photographs: © 2002 MBARI

(via: Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal)

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Paromola cuvieri is a species of crab belonging to a group known as carrier crabs.

Carrier crabs just LOVE to carry things.

They’re specially adapted for it, too. Their hindmost legs are positioned in such a way that they point straight up and can hold sponges or lumps of coral aloft.

Presumably it helps with camouflage so they just look like a sponge with massive crab legs sticking out for no discernible reason.

This particular species comes from deep, dark depths near Europe and Africa, and they reach about 20 cm long. Males have enormous claws that can span as much as four feet! Good luck hiding that.

…Images: OCEANA