Ah, the ocean. Generally when one thinks of the ocean, they think of vacations, boating, fishing, swimming – you know, fun stuff. Perhaps we’re thinking of the ocean all wrong though, because there are some seriously weird creatures lurking around in those waters.
We’ve all seen Jaws, and even if you haven’t, you’re most likely aware of sharks. When anyone thinks of a scary sea creature, a shark is probably the most popular one that comes to mind, but as you’re about to learn, there are a few sea creatures even more terrifying than sharks. What about creatures that can swallow whole animals 4 times larger than them? That’s pretty creepy.
So, as if you needed another reason to be scared of the beach this summer, the fifteen sea creatures on this list are strange and, well, some of them are also scary as hell. Of course, there are certainly a few more immediate issues to worry about, like sun exposure. For the most part, the weird sea creatures tend to live pretty deep down in the ocean so you should be relatively safe from seeing them, though a few do travel to the surface at nighttime.
Sure, you’ll probably never have to deal with all of the weird sea creatures on this list, but it’s still good to know what you’re dealing with when you go diving into the ocean, right? Here are fifteen sea creatures that are stranger than anything living on the land.
Question: how terrifying is the above picture? To me, it's horrifying. Like, it honestly terrifies me that something that scary is alive and living in the ocean, just waiting for me to dip my toes in. That's the viperfish for you, just a big ol' dose of scary looking. The good news is that the viperfish, known for its needle-like teeth, stays near 250–5,000 feet below during the daytime. The bad news is that during the night, the viperfish will come up to the shallow waters, so you should probably stay away from the ocean after nightfall.
13 Blue-Ringed Octopus
12 Giant Squid
11 Sarcastic Fringehead
10 Black Dragonfish
9 Frilled Sharks
8 Giant Isopod
7 Gulper Eel
6 Vampire Squid
5 Leafy Seadragon
4 The Black Swallower
3 Armored Snail
2 Big Red Jellyfish
Hm, well this fish has a transparent head so that's pretty weird. Yes, the above photo is an actual picture of the fish and its transparent head. Could you imagine having a transparent head with people able to see your brain? They also have tubular eyes that are good at collecting light, which is helpful as they live deep down in the sea where it is mostly dark. While they have good eyesight, they have a very narrow line of vision, but all of this is boring information compared to that fact that their heads are transparent. Yep, that's 100% the most fascinating thing about this weird fish.
Sources: Wired.com, Mbari.org, Wikipedia.com
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