15 Scary Deep Sea Creatures

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From giant-mouthed sharks to glow-in-the-dark octopus, we count 15 deep sea creatures both fascinating and often times terrifying found thousands of metres below the ocean surface

15 – Fangtooth (or Ogrefish),

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  • Although these ones are too small to harm humans, they have a nightmarish face you’ll find commonly developed in the deep sea
  • Their teeth are known to be the largest of any sea creature, so big in fact that a Fangtooth can never close their mouths fully
  • They’re also one of the deepest-living fish, found as far as 5,000 metres below the surface of the ocean

14 – Stargazer,

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  • These are fish that have evolved a head tilted forever upwards, and this is because they’re trapdoor predators – they bury themselves in sand and shoot upwards to ambush prey that pass overhead
  • Some species of Stargazer even have a little worm-shaped lure growing out of their mouths to attract prey before they strike
  • Likewise, the Stargazer is also deadly poisonous and have been known to cause electric shocks from time to time

13 – Giant Isopods,

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  • This is like a giant woodlouse, one that only appears in the deep ocean as a result of deep-sea gigantism and even curl into a rigid ball when threatened
  • They’re mostly carnivorous feeding on dead whales, fish and squid, but they also hunt slow-moving prey like sea cucumbers, sponges, nematodes and some fish
  • You’ll mostly find them off the coast of Australia, but they’ve also been sighted in Mexico and India

12 – Terrible Claw Lobster,

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  • The scientific name for this one is Dinochelus ausubeli, named for its “terrible or fearful” pale-red claws
  • This is a relatively new species of blind lobster, one of only four discovered between two similar species – both in Australia
  • The first lobster was found during the Aurora mission is 2007 led by the U.S and French natural history museums

11 – Dragonfish,

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  • This tiny 6-inch sea creature is, as evident purely from its appearance, a deadly predator
  • It has a large head and rows of jagged teeth lit by its long barbel attached to the chin, one with a light-producing organ known as a photophore
  • It flicks the light on this organ on and off to attract unwitting prey, then strikes
  • You’ll find these 5000 feet below the shoes of small children

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