While nature has bestowed us with beautiful wildlife, a multitude of bizarre, beautiful yet terrestrial and aerial species, it has not boycotted the aquatic fauna too. From scary to intriguingly beautiful, here’s a list of ten amazing organisms inhabiting the dark depths of seas and oceans.
10. Dumbo Octopus
The funny and surprising name Dumbo octopus has been derived from the fact that their fins resemble Dumbo, the Disney elephant’s ears. There are at the least 15 identified species of Dumbo octopuses, all having arms connected by a web of skin, making these creatures resemble umbrellas when the arms are spread apart. They live in the deep open ocean at depths of about 13, 100 feet (4000 m). Dumbo octopuses are naturally rare, as they are not easily captured because of their preference for such extreme depths. The females are able to store the sperm for long periods of time, even after mating and can transfer the sperm to the egg when conditions are favorable. Dumbo octopuses’ locomote by flapping their ear-like fins slowly, using their arms to steer. They eat invertebrates that swim above the seabed. Primary predators like sharks, tunas, and dolphins threaten Dumbo octopuses.
9. Barreleye Fish
This is a type of transparent-headed fish, inhabiting the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans at a depth of 1100 meters. The telescoping eyes in the transparent, barrel-shaped head, secludes it totally from other fishes. These highly sensitive eyes can sense predators easily. The transparent head and tubular eyes help them detect any incident light inside the deep ocean. Barreleye fishes attain up to a maximum size of 6 inches and prefer to remain stationary within the water and feed on jellies.
8. Frilled Sharks
This rare and mysterious creature belongs to the shark family and is counted as one of the oldest species of animals in the world. They are found at a depth of 1500 meters inhabiting the Pacific Ocean. The frilled sharks can grow up to a size of 5 feet, and have sharp teeth remarkably in 25 different rows! This strange large mouth is entirely different from that of the other members of a shark family. Frilled sharks have the ability to bend their body when about to catch their prey. Many researchers insist that look like a snake at the time of predation.
7. Fangtooth Fish
Unlike the scary nomenclature they have, fangtooth fishes are harmless to humans, although its teeth are proportionately the largest of those found in the mouths of any fish in the ocean. Counted amongst the deepest-living fish ever discovered, this creature normal resides at depths of 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) but has also been found swimming in the cold, crushing depths of about 16,500 feet (5,000 meters). Fangtooth fishes grow up to about six inches (16 centimeters) in length only.
6. Bloody Belly Comb Jelly
Bloody Belly Comb Jelly is also known as Lampocteis and found deep within the Pacific ocean. They possess a jelly-like body and can grow up to 15cm. the tongue twister nomenclature is coined this peculiar variant of the jellyfish family, due to the fact that they usually are found in deep red colors, sometimes also in purple. Quite on the contrary of the thinking that its bright red color will make it an easily visible prey, the organism is masked in the water by this same deep red color. The beautiful creature has no stinging tentacles and possesses numerous tiny hair-like cilia on their body, which continuously beat back and forth thus propelling the organism in the direction of movement.