There are some creepy things lurking in the deep oceans, and you won't believe that they actually exist. If you thought that great white sharks or stingrays were scary, then you most probably haven't seen these fifteen bizarre creatures that also live in our deepest oceans. These nightmarish creatures living in the ocean's abyss are downright terrifying and dangerous; or if not, they are definitely not something we want to stumble upon if we're ever in the waters.
What makes these creatures even more horrifying are the names they have been given. From the Megamouth Shark to the Black Swallower, these are names that will definitely make you cringe. Oh, and the Giant Squid? Well, it's a real thing and has never been captured alive. These super scary creatures can grow up to 45 feet long and even weigh a ton! And have you ever seen a Giant Isopod? They live in cold deep waters and do not look very friendly.
If these fifteen creepy creatures don't give you nightmares, then they definitely would make you quiver. So, read this list and check out these spooky photos of 15 Of The Most Bizarre And Creepy Creatures Ever Found In The Ocean.
15 Northern Stargazer - "One Who Aims At The Stars"
The Astroscopus guttatus, better known as the Northern Stargazer, lives at the bottom of deep open waters in areas such as the lower Chesapeake Bay and will sometimes travel to the upper Bay in the fall. You'll also find this creepy-looking sea creature along the Atlantic Coast between New York and North Carolina. What makes these creatures look so spooky are mainly their facial features and the way they bury themselves in the sand, waiting for their next meal to chow down on. These creatures have a brown and blackish body with white spots. Its body can grow as long as 22 inches in length with its eyes and mouth located on the top of their heads. Their scientific name translates to "one who aims at the stars" since they literally lay flat on the ocean's surface, and with their eyes on the top of their head, they're always looking up.
14 Megamouth Shark - Rarely Seen By Humans
The Megamouth Shark has been given the title the "alien shark" for its eerie appearance and because humans have rarely seen it. The shark was only discovered some 39 years ago, and less than 100 have ever been spotted in the ocean. The U.S. Navy entangled one of these massive sharks in a sea parachute in 1976, and when the shark was unrecognizable, they sent it to the Waikiki Aquarium in Hawaii, who confirmed that this species of shark had never been discovered before. They gave the shark the scientific name Megachasma pelagios, which means "huge yawning cavern of the open sea." No one knows for sure where this creature lives, and we're pretty sure it'll scare the heck out of someone if they ever discovered it while diving in the deep seas.
13 Giant Squid - Can Grow Up To 43 Feet In Length
The Giant Squid is another sea creature that is rarely seen because it lives deep in the ocean. What we know about them is mostly from the dead carcasses that would float to the surface and were found by fishermen. This creature's body looks similar to any squid, except for the fact that it can grow as long as 43 feet! These gigantic creatures can catch their prey from 33 feet away by shooting out their two feeding tentacles that have hundreds of sharp-tooth suckers. Scientists from Japan's National Science Museum were actually able to get a video of the squid alive and in its natural habitat in 2006 for the first time. The team was even able to pull it up to the water's surface alive, letting people finally see how this enormous squid really looks like.
12 Gulper Eel - Also Known As Umbrella Mouth
What makes the Gulper Eel very creepy is its prominent mouth, which resembles an umbrella. Its mouth is much larger than its 3-to-6 feet body, and it's wide enough to swallow an animal larger than itself. The fish the eel captures is then deposited in a lower pouch, which makes the eel look like a pelican. Its stomach can also stretch, like a snake, to fit the prey he swallows. Unlike other eels, the Gulper has very small eyes and a long whip-like tail. You'll find the eel in all the world's tropical and temperate oceans at depths ranging from 500 to 6,000 feet.
11 Black Dragonfish - Resemblance To The Creatures From Alien?
These long and slender black fish are able to produce their own light, which helps catch prey living in the deep dark depths of the ocean. What's different about this specimen is the difference between a male and female Black Dragonfish. The female can be up to 40 centimeters long, with small eyes, chin barbell, and long fang-like teeth to catch prey. In comparison, the male is only 5 centimeters, has no teeth, no chin barbell, and a non-functioning gut. So if you ever for some reason spot one of these creepy-looking fish, it'll definitely be a female. Funny enough, these bizarre creatures look oddly similar to the creatures from the Alien movie, and they are pretty terrifying.
10 Fangtooth Fish - Those Are Some Impressive-looking Fangs
It's easy to see how this fish got its name. The fangs on this fish are rather large and scary, and it makes this deep-sea creature all the more creepy. The Fangtooth uses its large mouth to capture other fish or shrimp lurking nearby. The creature simply opens its gigantic mouth and sucks its prey inside. When a Fangtooth is young, it only has a single row of teeth, while adults have long and pointy fangs. These creatures grow up to six inches and live in the deep oceans of tropical and temperate seas all over the world. We don't think anyone wants to be near these creatures with those impressive-looking teeth.
9 Anglerfish - Uses Its Protruding Glowing Lure To Pounce On Prey
Finding Nemo did a pretty good job with the animation of this scary-looking fish in its first film. It could scare the life out of someone and even other little fishes that accidentally find them stranded in the deep ocean's depths. These creepy creatures look mean and cranky, and they have a right to be—they live in the lonely and lightless bottom of the Atlantic and Antarctic oceans. The Anglerfish has a gigantic head and large crescent-shaped mouth, filled with sharp teeth. Their most distinctive feature is the piece of their dorsal spine that protrudes over their mouths and is tipped with a light; however, this feature is only found on the females. These females entice their prey with their glowing lure and then pounce on them.
8 Barreleye - Has A Weird See-through Head
The Barreleye fish is also known as the spook fish for its tubular eyes and transparent head, which makes it all the more bizarre-looking. This fish has extremely light-sensitive eyes that have the ability to rotate within a transparent shield on its head. When it's looking for food, the fish's eyes look upward and look forward when it is feeding. To better their vision, these types of fish have large dome transparent heads, which you can spot in the image above. It has a small toothless mouth, and they are known for stealing food. It is a creepy-looking creature that can be found in tropical to temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
7 Frilled Shark - Has A Mouth Just As Terrifying As The Great White Shark
The Frilled Shark is a fascinating creature and definitely a scary-looking one. It is often called a "living fossil" because it has apparently changed so little since prehistoric times, and sadly, its conservation status is nearly threatened. Humans rarely see this shark. What makes this shark super cringeworthy are its teeth. The shark's mouth is lined with 25 rows of backward-facing trident-sharp teeth. There are up to 300 teeth in one shark alone! No one has really seen the Frilled Shark in action, but scientists say that it may launch itself at its prey just like a snake!
6 Snaggletooth - Uses Its Chin Appendage To Lure Its Prey
Anyone will agree that the Snaggletooth fish is one scary-looking sea creature. What makes this fish unique is its luminous red chin appendage, which is used for luring its prey. The creepy creature is two feet long with striking eyes and can be found in the deep waters between Australia and New Zealand. Also known as the Stareater, these unusual fish have delicate skin, and their mouths are filled with small, sharp, needlelike, curved teeth. You certainly don't want to mess with this little guy.
5 Giant Isopod - Creepy Creatures Can Get As Long As 2.5 Feet!
One look at the Giant Isopod and we think you'll be heading for the hills. This creature may look like a gigantic bug, but don't be fooled because it's not. They're actually really creepy-looking crustaceans that live 550 to 7020 feet deep under the sea. They are bottom dwellers that prefer mud or clay floors, which they use to bury themselves in for shelter. These creatures can get big, too. In 2010, one of these specimens was measured at 2.5 feet long. Scientists believe that these creatures can get larger to adapt to the extreme pressures of the deep ocean. The Isopod can also go years without eating, but when they do get hungry, they gorge themselves.
4 Vampire Squid - Have The Largest Eye-To-Body Ratio Of Any Animal In The World
The Vampire Squid may have a monstrous name, but it can only grow to about 6 inches. What makes it different from other squids is that it shares similarities with an octopus as well. The Vampire Squid has large fins at the top of their bodies that resemble ears and eyeballs the size of a large dog. The squid received its name for its blue eyes, reddish-brown skin, and webbing between their arms. They are also sea creatures with s*xual dimorphism, meaning that the females are significantly larger than the males. Their body composition is similar to that of a jellyfish, and they have the largest eye-to-body ratio of any animal in the world.
3 Goblin Shark - Uses Its Long Snout As A Metal Detector To Catch Prey
The Goblin Shark is rarely seen alive and is a rare species of deep-sea sharks. These very scary-looking sharks are also known as "living fossil" because they are the only representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a family lineage that is 125 million years old. These sharks can grow 12 feet long and weigh up to 400 pounds. They have narrow snouts and fang-like teeth, making them appear horrifying to humans. They got their name from the similarities they share with the goblins from Japanese folklore. Its most distinctive feature is their long snout, which works like a metal detector when luring prey.
2 Blobfish - Named The World's Ugliest Animal
The Blobfish is often named one of the ugliest animals on the planet, and that couldn't be any more accurate. With a face like that and its blob-like body, it's kind of terrifying. It is hard to believe that this ball of slime is actually a living sea creature. It lives in the deep ocean, and its body actually allows it to stay buoyant at depths where gaseous bladders can't function. These odd-looking creatures live off the coast of Australia and are found somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 feet beneath the water. If the Blobfish wasn't living in such deep waters, it would probably look like any other fish, but its jelly-like flesh helps it stay alive under the extreme pressure.
1 Black Swallower - Suffocate Prey And Swallow Them Whole
Take one look at this photo and you can see why this fish got its name as the Black Swallower. It is definitely one of the strangest fish in the ocean, and it also has a monstrous appetite. It isn't really known how the heck this little fish has the ability to swallow large prey, but it does it by squeezing the life out of them. These fish have teeth that face inwards so that their prey won't swim away. They are located in the dark depths of the water and are able to catch their prey with no light at all. Scientists say that these bizarre creatures bite onto their prey's head and suffocate them before swallowing them whole.