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12 Most Bizarre & Frightening Deep Sea Creatures

  • Jan 10, 2010
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To go along with my 9 Weirdest-Looking Animals You Didn't Know Existed list, here are 12 more animals that you probably didn't know exist (actually, it's more like 11 since one of the animals crossed over), except these are all deep sea creatures.  This list was created off of a list of the same name on Asylum.com.  These creatures are truly bizarre and frightening and I would hate to have a deep sea encounter with any of them.  On a side note, I think Captain Obvious named most of these animals.

Take a look!
Its teeth are so big, the fish actually had to evolve holes in its skull to accomodate them when its mouth is close.

Well, geez, if that isn't freaky, I don't know what is.  Oh wait, I know -- it's a blobfish swimming -- excuse me, floating, towards me.
If you put a John Madden bobblehead in the microwave for a couple minutes it would probably come out looking like the blobfish.

Is this really a fish?  It looks like silly putty.  Apparently, this thing is slightly less dense than water and can float in place without using ANY energy at all.  Truly amazing.
Frill Shark
Only one has ever been held in captivity and showed its disgust for being kept in a fish tank by quickly dying.

I'm not going to not be happy about not being able to keep one as a pet.
Scourge of our friend Nemo, the angler fish is so named because of the little bobber in front of its face, a lure it uses to draw in prey to its humungous and horrifying mouth.

Hey, Anglerfish -- Jay Leno called.  He wants his chin back.
Like the puffer fish, when threatened, the coffin fish can expand to become larger and, presumably, uglier.

I can only imagine how the Coffinfish got its name, and it's quite macabre.
Their skeletons are made of cartilage rather than bone and, when looking creepy isn't enough, they defend themselves with a venomous spine. And for kicks, they have retractable sexual organs in their foreheads.

That last fact is just strange, and since they have cartilage instead of bones, I guess that means that they're really flexible?  Trippy.
While most fish produce a blue light to attract prey, the dragonfish produces both red and blue light. The light can have such a long wavelength as to be almost imperceptible to humans and other fish, meaning the dragonfish will see you long before you see it.

Holy... this thing is like WOW meets Star Wars.
They tend to have giant heads, giant eyes and giant mouths and then taper off to small bodies and thin, whip-like tails, making it basically a big, swimming face. Nothing creepy about that.

There's something not right about a big, swimming face.  Especially ones with sword-shaped bodies.
Giant Isopod
They scavenge the ocean floor eating whatever needs to be eaten and, occasionally, wind up in restaurants in Asia themselves, while they can probably make it into nightmares anywhere.

Like I said in my 9 Weirdest Looking Animals list, the Giant Isopod kinda reminds me of a squid, except with a Halloween costume'ish exoskeleton.
They are so interdependent that they wouldn't actually be able to survive on their own, so each part effectively works as a part of a whole. A massive, transparent, whole that can kill with its sting.

These babies can grow up to 130 feet long.  Not sure if this is one of their methods of killing, but I'd really hate to get, pardon me, tangled up in one of these.  Transparent snakes of the deep sea?
Ocean Sunfish
The heaviest fish in the world, this bad boy can weigh over one ton and looks like a head carved out of stone.

Wait a minute, this thing weighs almost as much as my car does?  I bet a certain Ludacris song starts playing in the deep sea every time it swims by.  Move, Fish.  Get out the way.
Vampire Squid
Also known by its full name "vampire squid from hell" (no really, look it up), the vampire squid is the only animal in its order in existence; no other creature is like it.

This thing is like the batmobile of the deep sea!  Let's do a quick run down: its got fins, luminescent capabilities, webbed tentacles, spikes, plus creepy eyes to boot.  Super hero squid? ...Or super evil squid?  I ponder as I stroke my imaginary beard.

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February 11, 2010
nice list! I love the bizarre animals , the frill shark and fangtooth are creatures very interesting, Thanks for this list Devora!
February 12, 2010
Thanks for your comment, Josue! :)
January 13, 2010
A truly inspired list - love it. I'm reminded of the classic bizarre Yahoo! Answers question - "Why are the holes in cat's fur always line up with their eyes?".
January 13, 2010
Thanks, James! ....And what is the answer to that question?  Now I'm curious!
January 12, 2010
So creepy, yet so good. Maybe my favorite entry I've read on any website.
January 13, 2010
I'm flattered, Brew! And yes, so creepy, yet so good would be a good way to describe this bunch :)
January 11, 2010
Some of these are kinda cute, like the Coffin Fish. He's just misunderstood! ;)
January 13, 2010
I guess a couple of these could pass off as "so ugly that they're cute", like the pooches in those ugly dog contests :)
January 11, 2010
Ew, ew, ew, ew.
January 13, 2010
Tell me about it!
January 11, 2010
There are some very weird and creepy-looking creatures in the deep sea and here are quite a few. I love your comment on #2! LMAO!
January 13, 2010
Haha, thanks. I'm going to try to be avoid the deep sea!
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January 11, 2010
That was my first thought when I saw the blobfish!
January 11, 2010
Can u make any of these into sashimi? If not, better let them stay in the ocean! And I'm not going snorkeling or scuba diving for awhile ;-)
January 11, 2010
Well, good thing these guys live waaaaaay deep! Much further than the average person would go snorkeling or scuba diving in. However, if someone makes sashimi with this stuff, count me in! ;)
January 11, 2010
Ok, I am making sushi with these fishes tonight...who wants some? LOL great bizarre list, Lady Devora. you are on a roll.
January 11, 2010
I'm not on a roll, but these creatures are.  On your sushi roll, that is.  Got leftovers? :P
January 10, 2010
Holy moly, I'm never going in the ocean again! Seriously, this is one bad looking bunch. Thanks for a very entertaining and informative list! :)
January 11, 2010
Oh man, I would hate to hang out with this group! ;P
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