Ocean… people say that space is mysterious and spooky. While if we look a little down in earth then you’ll notice that the oceans are much more mysterious than we could even imagine. While we’re talking about the ocean, we cannot say that just it’s spooky but also the lives inside it. So, how spooky fishes could be?
Have you ever watched stars lying on the beach? This is how these seafloor vagabonds do. Not watches stars certainly but it’s a quite unique predator which hides under the seabed leaving the eyes and mouth only at the surface. And as a fish with its bad luck comes near its carnivorous mouth, it uses a lure just like a professional fisherman; not worms but its wormlike tongue. As the curious visitor comes to see what it is as people bend to see whether it’s a coin or a bottle cap, it creates a vacuum and gulps the ill-fated visitor.
Bonjour, Monsieur Dracula. And that’s how here we have a vampire on the list. With the reddish hue and cape-like webbing gives a Dracula-like feeling to everyone. While Vampyroteuthis Infernalis looks like the bloodthirsty bat but they’re completely harmless. Living about 2,000 to 4,000 feet of water, revealing the tooth-like spines, cirri; it uses its webbing to flip in and out as a way of protecting itself. Thinking that it’s also a predator? Haha, they’re known to be the funkiest of the deep and are offbeat than cephalopods.
Wait a minute, fang or tooth? In this case, both just like the wave-particle duality of light, we have something that is found after combining both the fangs and teeth. It’s a voyage to the deep. 15,000 feet under the ocean, a nightmare lurks with needle-sharp teeth in the tropical and cold temperature regions. A 6-feet active hunter who is always willing to take everything inside its tummy no matter it’s big or small, poisonous or venomous; they ready to hunt. Their jaws are larger in comparison with their head and brimming with mucus cavities.
Umm, angel! Wait a minute, this doesn’t look like an angel; what’s this? Don’t go with the name, these two inches long underwater flyers are much different than the angels of your dream. They can literally “fly” through the water with their… oh, first tell you that they don’t swim or “fly” with their wings or arms but with their especially evolved appendages called the parapodia. So, remember that it’s nothing but its legs with which they “fly”. These amazing transparent creatures are most common in Polar Regions but you can find some smaller species in the tropics. But careful, they’re toxic.
Macropinna Microstoma, oops the Barreleye Fish also known as Spook fish; they’re one of the unique kind of fishes who has transparent skin as well it can rotate its eyes inside the dome-shaped head. Their eyes are ultra-sensitive to even a tiniest bit of lights. First, the researchers thought that their eyes are fixed and can only look for silhouettes of prey but recently it was proven that they were wrong. It was also found that their eyes can pivot forward allowing them to see prey in front of it. They’re very silent and calm predator, they stay motionless in deep water looking forward; as someone comes in its eyes, it grabs its neck. It is believed that they steal food from Siphonophores. While small fishes are caught in stingy tentacles of the Siphonophores, they observe the situation and action.
This ugly looking fish is one of the deep sea creatures that have adapted to the harsh environment for survival. Living between 600 and 1,200 meters under sea level, the Blobfish was voted as the ugliest animal of the world in 2013. The weirdest thing about the Blobfish is that there’s no muscle or bones in their body; it’s made of a jelly-like substance that turns into floppy mass when it is taken out of the water. Also, it doesn’t swim under the ocean but hovers with the low density of their flesh. Even though Blobfish is inedible and not fished for food, still, they’re getting caught on fishnets too often which scientists think can lead to their extinction.
Also known as Mexican Walking Fish, Axolotl has a very interesting meaning behind its name; three words have been interconnected creating their name. The three words are “Atl”, meaning “water” and xolotl; “dog”. The axolotl came from a canine Mesoamerican deity Xolotl. Xolotl is the deity of both lightning and death, with which its face is quite similar. It also can grow back lost limbs can grow up to 30cm in length. They have many colors like gold, pink, brown, grey, rainbow and silver while the wild Axolotls are rarely colorful. And not just limbs but they can regenerate most of their body parts which scientists are researching how to achieve it. While, sadly, they are also at the door of extinction.
This eggplant shaped pinkish sea cucumber got its name from their piggish structure as well for their color. Also, they are one of the unique in the world have legs on top, yeah; the antennae you’re seeing on top of them are actually their legs. Growing about 4-6 inches long, the sea pigs migrate through the abyssal region of the ocean by just walking. They host many weird parasites like small snails and crustaceans which drill a hole in them and feed internally.
These raptorial fishes are quite famous for eating fish twice its tummy and 10 times its mass. For which they sometimes have unfortunate deaths. Black Swallowers are found just because of their unfortunate death by eating a too large prey which it couldn’t digest. Living in the bathypelagic zones at a depth of 700–2,745 meters; the black swallowers gulp everything they can sense as at a high-temperature region like bathypelagic zone, you don’t get much chance of a treat. So, while you’ve got the chance to feed your tummy, why would you miss it? They can grow to a maximum size of about nine inches with its famous brownish black color and moderate eyes. They’re not silent killers but a real predator.
How does a jellyfish look like? A round shaped “head” and has numerous tentacles under it; right? Well, Stygiomedusa Gigantea is much different than the definition of jellyfish despite belonging to the same species. The Stygiomedusa Gigantea doesn’t have tentacles but just four, 30 feet long arms which hang around it like wavy curtains. Unlike other jellyfishes, they don’t sting but they envelop their prey with the hands. As well they’re found in about every ocean except the Arctic. While they look gigantic and dangerous, you don’t need to fear them as they won’t be able to reach you from their 7,000 feet under the ocean.