Whether they are colorful and neon or just plain disturbing, they are definitely weird. Here are ten of sea creatures that will blow your mind!
#10 Blob Fish
This fish looks like he had a rough week. Putting the features of rehydrated skin and mega lips aside, these “things” can grow up to 15 ft. in length and live between 2000 and 3900 ft. This thing is literally a couch potato, it prefers not to swim and instead uses its gelatinous body to float around and wait for sea life to enter its mouth.
#9 Mantis Shrimp
These neon beauties are big compared to some of the shrimp you would find in your dinner. These neon suckers can grow up to 15 inches in length. They are common in shallow island waters, they are very important predators in their ecosystem and can stun or slice their food into little shrimp bits.
#8 The Dumbo Octopus
This is probably one of the most adorable creatures alive. The Dumbo Octopus lives at depths between 9,800 and 13,100 feet in the water. The largest of these octopi was measured at 5.9 ft. and 13 pounds! They are seen worldwide in oceans with a deep enough depth. Probably the reason they got this name, they use their long ears to move water propelling it forward.
Lamprey’s are any jawless fish that can reach up to 40 inches in length. They have the appearance of an eel except for their strange mouth and are one of the most ancient lineages of vertebrates. There are over 30 discovered types of lamprey that have been found in recent years. 18 of those breeds are parasitic and can extract blood with their funnel teeth from their prey.
#6 Black Dragonfish (Idiacanthus Atlanticus)
These long black eel-esque creatures can grow up to 16 inches for females and 2 inches for males. They use a very low barely visible infrared light to see and hunt in the dark of the ocean. They become luminescent at night and prey on smaller fish. It would be a rare sight for you to run into one of these because they dwell in depths down to 6,600 ft. Looking at the females needle sharp canine teeth, I’m grateful not to have one of these things anywhere near my feet!
#5 Glaucus Atlanticus
Is it just me or do you think this is the coolest sea creature you have ever seen? Glaucus Atlanticus, believe it or not, are sea slugs that are shell-less. These slugs usecamouflage by switching which side they are face up on; their backside is silver and gray so that they can blend in with the silt and their belly is dark and light blue to blend in with the water. They are predators that are only 1.2 inches in length eating Portuguesemen-o-war and the venomous siphonophore.
#4 Sea Pig (Scotoplanes)
There ain’t nothing bacony about Sea Pigs except their looks. Sea pigs are incandescent bottom-feeders that live between 1300 and 5500 yards under the sea. They sift through the silt to find their food and travel in packs of more than 100. They get their nickname because of their fat round pink bodies. They look like an adorable squishy toy that can fit into the palm of your hand. Thanks, Sea Pig, for being so cute and for cleaning the scum off the ocean floor for us!
#3 Giant Isopod
The biggest of this species can get up to 20 inches long and 3 pounds. They live in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans preferring to stay in the cooler water. They eat fish and other sea life and are very aggressive.
#2 Bobbit Worm
This little predator is also known as an aquatic predatory polychaete worm. They burrow into the ocean floor to hide until a creature touches one of their five antennas. Once the animal touches his antennae, this little worm jumps out of the silt to attack the creature with sharp teeth that can cut the fish in half! Not only that but these “little” worms grow to be around ten feet long in theiradult hood!
#1 Goblin Shark
This abomination of the deep looks like it told one too many lies. This thing can get up to 13 ft. long and stays at a depth of about 330 ft. It has teeth that almost look like someone hammered in some nails the wrong way and don’t get me started on that nose! This shark’s lineage can be traced back over 155 million years making this shark one of the oldest breeds of shark out there! No wonder it looks like a bag of bones…