Top 10 CREEPY Deep Sea Creatures You Didn’t Know Existed!

Welcome to Top10Archive! The horrifying depths
of the ocean remains vastly unexplored. It seems the deeper down we submerge, the scarier
and more horrifying the creatures that live therein are. From the giant squid, once thought
to be nothing more than a myth, to bone eating worms, we bring you our picks for the top
10 creepiest sea creatures you didn’t know existed!
10. Sarcastic Fringehead The sarcastic fringehead is just too cool
to not mention, and ok, sure it doesn’t necessarily live in the deepest, darkest, coldest depths
of the ocean, but it’s still down there a little, living 10 feet or 3 meters to 240
feet or 73 meters below sea level, outside the breaker zone, along the many open coastlines.
This fish usually grows to be less than 10 inches or 25 centimeters long, but have been
documented to reach 12 inches or 30 centimeters in length. They are fearless and extremely
aggressive fish; rushing towards anything that dare approach their burrows. Their body
is elongated, slender and relatively compressed and have a long dorsal fin which extends from
the back of the head to almost the caudal fin. Sarcastic fringeheads have large, rounded
heads, with a huge jaw that can extend past the eye, lined with numerous needle-like teeth.
9. Frilled Shark Known as a “living fossil”, the frilled shark
is such a unique, rare and unusual creature, that the two known species; the Frilled Shark
and the Southern African Frilled Shark, are placed in their own order. The frilled shark
usually lives in the deep marine areas of Japan, 200 to 4200 feet or 60 to 1280 meters
in depth, but are also known to be throughout the Eastern Pacific, Eastern Atlantic and
Indian Oceans as well, and the more newly discovered species, the Southern African Frilled
Shark is found in the waters around Africa. Unlike most sharks, the frilled shark has
an eel-like, long, thin body, six gills covered by frill-like skin flaps in which it derives
its name, and typically grows to roughly 6.5 feet or 2 meters in length.
8. Giant Squid These monster squids, believed once to be
nothing more than creatures of myth, survive in the icy, cold depths of 1,650 feet or 500
meters to 3,300 feet or 1,000 meters. Though big, stories about their actual size have
been so far, largely exaggerated; with claims saying they get to 66 feet or 20 meters in
length, though never documented; the largest on record measures out to 43 feet or 13 meters
in length. Some researchers believe there are multiple species of giant squid, possibly
up to 8 different species, other researchers however, think there is just one. Giant squids
are thought to live worldwide, basing upon the shores they have washed up on; commonly
being the shores of New Zealand and Pacific Islands and have also made frequent appearances
throughout the eastern and western sides of the Northern Atlantic Ocean, and along the
southern coast of Africa. 7. Oarfish
The incredibly long, slender and strange-looking oarfish is the largest known bony fish in
the seas; getting as long as about 36 feet or 11 meters and weigh up to 600 pounds or
270 kilograms. Rarely, the oarfish has been known to swim up to shore, but they prefer
the depths of roughly 3000 feet or 914 meters. A more modern day belief is that the Argus
was the basis for the ancient myths about the great and powerful sea serpents, but as
fearsome as their mythological brethren may have been, the simple truth of the matter
is they posses no visible teeth, and live primarily off of plankton. The species is
rarely observed by humans, encounters so uncommon, it is usually only when they are washed up
on shore that we get to see living samples of the creatures. In fact, they so rarely
come up to the ocean surface, it wasn’t until 2001 when a live oarfish would finally be
captured on film, recorded by the US Navy. 6. Barreleye
Boasting a highly unique and transparent head, the Pacific barreleye fish has a developed,
and highly sensitive pair of barrel-like-eyes, topped by green, spherical lenses, from which
it derives its name. The first barreleye to be discovered alive was found in the depths
of California’s central coast, between 2,000 feet or 600 meters and 2,600 feet or 800 meters
in depth, wherein it makes its home. Growing to lengths of 1.5 feet or half a meter, barreleye
possess small mouths, and we’ve observed they are very precise while striking at their small
prey, usually that of smaller fish, like plankton and jellyfish. The barreleye seemingly tend
to just float stationary in place, maintaining a near motionless manner by utilizing their
large, flat fins. When it does spot food, however, it rotates its eyes towards the object,
to include its mouth in its field of view. The first barreleye specimen, to have its
soft and transparent head intact, was found by the Monteray Bay Aquarium Research Institute
in 2009. 5. Chimaera
First found around the 4200-foot or 1280-meter depth, the fish known as the Chimaera looks
as if it’s stitched together from random parts of other fish, and contains no bones in its
body; having a skeletal structure made of hardened cartilage. Accustomed to lurking
in the cold dark depths of the ocean, it utilizes its sensory organs on either side of its head
to detect electrical fields in the water to locate its prey. Considered to be one of the
oldest species of fish, most chimaera have mildly venomous spines along their backs and
are often called by other names like ratfish, rabbitfish and ghost sharks, though they are
no sharks themselves. Their origin branched off from the shark, its closest relative,
some 400 million years ago and have mostly gone unchanged since their sharing of the
Earth with the dinosaurs. 4. Zombie Worms (Osedax)
Ok, so they don’t really crave brains, and they can’t come back to life; the Osedax,
better known as the “Zombie Worm”, gets its nickname due to the way they seek out bones
to devour and feast upon. Growing to average lengths of 1 to 3 inches or 2 to 7 centimeters,
they were first discovered around 10,000 feet or 3,000 meters below the ocean’s surface,
feasting upon the decaying bones of a gray whale. They do this by secreting an acid from
their skin, dissolving the bone which exposes the protein and fat found within. However,
the Osedax has no mouth or stomach of their own, so they utilize symbiotic bacteria that
live inside the worm. The bacteria digest the protein and fat and distribute it to the
worm host in a currently unknown manner. 3. Giant Isopod
Though it looks like something from an alien planet, the giant isopod comes from the ocean
depths, found some 550 to 7020 feet or roughly 170 to 2140 meters down and grows to average
lengths of 12 to 16 inches or 30 to 40 centimeters, making it the largest of the isopod family.
Being a carnivorous creature, the giant isopod scuttles across the deep sea floor where light
is scarce, scavenging for any food it may find as it feels around through the use of
its large antennae, eating anything from the decaying bodies of other marine life, to any
slow moving creatures, such as sea cucumbers and sponges.
2. Tardigrades With about 800 different species known to
exist worldwide, tardigrades, also known as the “water bear”, is a micro-animal and live
all over the world, in any sort of extreme condition. These little guys are just pure
awesome; they can breathe in anything and anywhere, including the vacuum of space to
600 times that of normal atmospheric pressure, they can survive in both extremely low temperatures
and immense desiccation or severe dryness, being exposed to extreme temperatures of -272°
C or -458° F, rooms filled with helium gas, and suspended in liquid air at -190° C or
-310° F for 21 months and after all of this, emerged alive. When the little guys finally
decide to kick the bucket and die off… their body encases itself in a glass like substance.
I mean, come on, that’s just cool. 1. Bobbit Worm
Looking like a Sarlacc pit from hell; one with powerful, retracting, barbed jaws that
we think even Boba Fett couldn’t escape; the bobbit worm grows up to an astounding 10 feet
or about 3 meters in length and intertwines itself into the loose soils of the ocean floor,
around 30 to 150 feet or 10 to 45 meters or so in depth, where it lies in wait for prey
to swim or crawl by. They are typically found in the warm ocean waters, such as those that
surround the Indo-Pacific region. If you happen to see one and want to touch it… don’t.
No.. just.. No! The Bobbit worm is covered in many bristles, all of which will cause
permanent nerve damage. The amazing speed, combined with sharp teeth, makes this worm
a superior predator, and it is not uncommon for them to slice fish in half with a single
strike, and can even chew through coral reef. To us, it looks like something out of a nightmare…
and we’re pretty sure you’ll agree.

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