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.
Viperfish can live as deep as 5000ft. At this depth, coloration is very important. Many deep sea creatures like the viperfish tend to have dark colored skin and scales which helps them to camouflage with the darkness of the deep. Viperfish can be dark greenish blue or gray. Some viperfish can be transparent, or see-through. Ew!!
Like most deep sea organisms, they possess organs called photophores that are able to produce a natural light that scientists call bioluminescence. Viperfish have an elongated dorsal fin ray that luminesces at the tip, luring its unsuspected prey right to the extremely large overgrown teeth. Their teeth are so big that they protrude out of the mouth up to the lower eye.
Viperfish will wait motionless for hours until they are able to lure in their prey. Once their prey is in sight, the viperfish will swim at highspeeds, piercing its food with its teeth. Yikes! They hunt mostly for small fish and crustaceans but they have the ability to unhinge their upper jaw to feed on slightly larger prey. By the sound of this ferocious creature, you might guess that it could eat something as big as a human! Not to worry though: even if people could swim deep enough to meet a viperfish, they can only grow to one foot in length!
Michonne up by the waist, he effortlessly swung her around and planted a soft
kiss to her lips before allowing her feet to touch the ground. This was heaven. She said yes and he was overcome with an
inexplicable joy, even more than he thought he would. She grabbed his face, her long, elegant
fingers easing into the thick of his curls, playing with the soft hairs at the
nape of his neck. He’d wanted her and
him to remain like this forever. It
didn’t matter that all of her closest friends and some strangers were
surrounding them in that moment, watching them in surprise and glee. All that mattered was that she said yes and
that he’d be able to hold her like this forever. Staring into her deep roasted chestnut eyes,
a broad smile spread across his mouth. She said yes. He didn’t know why he was so stunned at her
response. He didn’t doubt she would say
yes but somehow her affirmation brought forth such a sentimental response. He was simply enamored with her. All of her.
I commented on one of her ig pic, saying that what she said was offensive and that Songsong grew up malnourished..
AND SHE ACTUALLY DM ME TO APOLOGIZE : “I’m here sending you a personal apology. It was never to be taken offensively and since it was it has been taken down and I will lay low with the snaps. But again I am very sorry because it was out of line and unnecessary. Again I am sorry”
it sounds genuine and she honestly didn’t have to dm me to apologize ‘in person’ so kuddos to her for being that considerate
she also told me that she admires the chinese girls !
Rupert has a great smile which really helps the photographer. He is
also a great actor, and this really comes across in the eyes for me.The camera does love Rupert. I am sure there is some scientific reason for this!- Helen Sloan
I think when he smiles he lights up a room. - Ashley Greene