We have only explored five percent of our planet’s oceans, meaning that there are still millions of species left for us to discover. Here are some of the strangest, and the most beautiful alien-like creatures that seem to come from another world.
Also known as “water bears,” these incredible, microscopic animals can survive in all of the Earth’s extreme conditions, and even in outer space!
19. Goose Barnacle
No one seems to know what this is or where it came from, and it shocked vacationers when it washed up on the Gower Peninsula in Wales back in 2010. Six-feet-long and covered in shells, this goose barnacle is certainly a strange sight to behold.
18. Pink Sea-Through Fantasia
Only recently discovered, this incredible creature is a free-swimming cucumber found in the Celebes Sea, a remote area of the western Pacific Ocean.
17. Christmas Tree Worm
These are tube-building polychaete worms have multicolored spirals that serve as feeding and respiration structures.
16. Marrus Orthocanna
This colonial animal is composed of a complex arrangement of zooids, some of which are polyps and some medusae. At its front is an orange-colored, gas-filled float that looks like fire.
15. Dumbo Octopus
An umbrella octopus that lives in the deep sea, the Dumbo octopus has ear-like fins and can live up to 23,000 feet below sea level.
These creepy deep sea creatures are one of the ocean’s fiercest predators, using their fang-like teeth to immobilize their prey.
13. Australian Ghost Shark
Also known as an elephant fish, whitefish, or plownose chimaera, this shark is found off southern Australia, including Tasmania, and south of East Cape and Kaipara Harbour in New Zealand.
12. Basket Star
These brittle stars generally are found in deep sea habitats and can live up to 35 years in the wild.
11. Vampire Squid
This small, deep-sea cephalopod lives in lightless depths up to 3,000 feet below sea level and is able to live and breathe normally in a remote habitat known as the as the oxygen minimum zone .
No, they’re not swimming unicorns, but they certainly look like ones! Those long, nerve-filled tusks help the narwhal better sense its environment.
9. Mantis shrimp
These bizarre and colorful-looking shrimp have 12 color receptors in their eyes, as compared to the three we humans possess.
8. Promachoteuthis sulcus
Yes, those are chompers you’re seeing on this deep sea squid, which was found 6,000 feet below sea level by a German research vessel in the southern Atlantic ocean.
7. Roughback batfish
My, what lovely lips you have! The roughback batfish lives off the western coast of the Atlantic Ocean and grows up to 3.9 inches in length.
6. Sarcastic Fringehead
Despite its goofy name, there’s nothing funny about this fish. They use their massive, gaping mouths to wrestle with other fish over territory.
This scary guy terrorized youngsters in a memorable scene from Finding Nemo. It uses its light-producing organ to lure in prey, and to reproduce, males lose their digestive systems which then attach to the females as feed off of them, parasite-like.
This living nightmare burrows in the sand and then electrocutes fish and crustaceans that happen to pass by before swallowing them whole.
Also aptly known as the ghost shark or spookfish, these guys are believed to be the oldest known fish in existence, having split from sharks nearly 400 million years ago.
2. Pacific Blackdragon
This monster from the underworld can grow up to two feet in length, but only the females. The males only grow up to three inches long and die immediately after mating.
Like a cockroach of the ocean (but not related to cockroaches), the Giant Isopod can grow up to 16 inches long in deep waters due to a phenomenon known as “deep sea gigantism.”
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