CREEPY UNDERWATER BEASTS

LIFE IN THE SHADOWY DEPTHS

There’s a lot to be afraid of depths of the sea where the sunlight barely reaches. Earth’s oceans are home to some truly creep underwater beasts. These creepy creatures take things to a whole new level of terror. Some are fearsome predators that devour anything in their path. While others are looks so strange. They were born to haunt your dreams. These creatures live thousands of feet below the Ocean’s surface. So they may look strange as they developed this appearance over thousands of years. Which helps them to thrive in extreme environments. These 20 creepy underwater beasts that will haunt your dreams. So be brave and dive in. Let’s look at the life in shadowy depths.

ATLANTIC WOLFFISH

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Anarhichas Lupus

ATLANTIC WOLFFISH

  • DIET: Green crabs, sea urchins, whelks, starfish, sea clams and large hermit crabs
  • ORIGIN: North Atlantic Ocean
  • SIZE: Weight 4.5 to 18.1 kg

Atlantic wolfish have long, eel-like bodies and are sometimes known as “Wolf eels” but they are not eels. They have very large teeth that are used to hunt and eat hard-bodied or spiny invertebrates like crabs, marine snails, etc., and have a large head and powerful jaws. They mate via internal fertilization, and females spawn relatively large eggs, in which both sexes guard until they hatch. This type of parental care is very rare among fishes.

FEAR FACTOR: Large teeth that stick out from the mouth.

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LAMPREY

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Myxini

LAMPREY

  • FEEDING HABITS: Blood of other fish
  • ORIGIN: North Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and large North American lakes.
  • SIZE: Lenght inches (13 to 100 cm)

Lamprey is parasitic fish known for their funnel-like mouths with which they used to latch onto other fish and suck their blood. They breathe through a distinctive row of seven pairs of tiny gill openings located behind their mouth and eyes. Like sharks, their skeletons are made of cartilage. One lamprey kills about 40 pounds of fish every year.

FEAR FACTOR: Funnel like a mouth that sucks blood from other fish.

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GOLIATH TIGERFISH

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hydrocynus goliath

GOLIATH TIGER FISH

  • DIET: Fish
  • ORIGIN: Congo River Basin and Lake Tanganyika in Africa
  • SIZE: Length up to 4.9 feet (1.5 m); Weight: 110 pounds (50 kg)

Goliath tiger fish is also known as giant tigerfish or Mbenga is a very large predatory fish. This fish has long crocodile-like teeth, specially designed to tear chunks of meat out of other fish. Although its scales can be approximately described as large, iridescent, and silvery; sometimes they appear to have a golden cast. These fish live over sandy bottoms. Goliath tigerfish hunts alone and stealthily stalks it prey in calm.

FEAR FACTOR: Huge size, dagger-like teeth, fierce hunter

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VAMPIRE FISH (Payara)

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hydrolycus scomberoides

VAMPIRE FISH (Payara)

  • DIET: Other fish (including Piranhas)
  • ORIGIN: Amazon Basin of South America
  • SIZE: Length: 1 to 1.7 feet (30 to 51 cm); Weight: 10 to 35 pounds

The Vampire fish is a nickname for the payara, and abundant game fish found in the Amazon Basin. This fish does not suck the blood of its prey. It has a robust and laterally compressed body. Their fins are short but have strong muscles. Which allows them to swim quickly if the prey escapes. The most striking trait is its spectacular mouth, a powerful machine that tears its prey apart.

FEAR FACTOR: Two long fangs

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VAMPIRE SQUID

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Vampyroteuthis infernalis

VAMPIRE SQUID

  • DIET: Organic debris and dead animal bodies that fall from the surface.
  • ORIGIN: Oceans around the World
  • SIZE: Organic length: up to 1 foot; Body length: 6 inches

Vampire squid looks like Count Dracula because its red eyes and eight webbed arms resemble a dark cloak. Each lined with rows of fleshy cirri. The distal portion of each arm has suckers. They have gelatinous body colores jet black to pale reddish, depending on location and light condition. It does not suck or drink blood. And the skin that connects the arms resembling a cape. They live completely in dark waters.

FEAR FACTOR: Red eyes and cloak.

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GOLBIN SHARK

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Mitsukurina owstoni

GOLBIN SHARK

  • DIET: Fish, squid, shrimp, crabs
  • ORIGIN: Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans
  • SIZE: Length: 10 to 13 feet; Weight: up to 460 pounds

The goblin shark is a fascinating species that live in the open ocean. They come near the surface only at night and spend most of their lives in the dark. This shark’s most conspicuous physical features are the long snout and the teeth. The teeth are long and scraggly. Goblin shark is very few species whose teeth are visible when their mouth is fully closed. They identify their prey below their sensitive rostrum and extend their jaws. They look more like something out of alien movies than a shark.

FEAR FACTOR: Ghostly skin and powerful jaws

BLUE RINGED OCTOPUS

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hapalochlaena

BLUE RINGED OCTOPUS

  • DIET: Crabs, hermit, crabs, shrimp, and other crustaceans
  • ORIGIN: Pacific and Indian oceans
  • SIZE: Length: 5 to 8 inches (12 cm to 20 cm)

The blue-ringed octopus is an extremely venomous animal known for the bright. The blue rings display when it is threatened or disturbed. The blue-ringed octopus bite contains the powerful neurotoxin tetrodotoxin. Like other octopus, they have a sac-like body and eight tentacles. The venom in this octopus is produced by bacteria in their saliva. The blu-ringed octopus is immune to its own venom.

FEAR FACTOR: One of the world’s most venomous marine animals

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NINJA LANTERN SHARK

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Etmopterus benchleyi

NINJA LANTERN SHARK

  • DIET: Shrimp and small fish
  • ORIGIN: Pacific Coast of Central America
  • SIZE: Length: up to 20 inches

The ocean can be a deep and dark place. But the ninja shark can light up its surroundings with a dimly glowing head. This new species had a uniform dark-black coloring. This shark has tiny cup-shaped organs that give them the ability to glow. The glow deceives its prey into thinking it to be light penetrating the water.

FEAR FACTOR: Stealthy hunting America

LUNA LIONFISH

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pterois lunulata

LUNA LIONFISH

  • DIET: Various fish species, invertebrates, and mollusks
  • ORIGIN: Western Pacific Ocean
  • SIZE: Length: 2 to 15 inches (5 to 38 cm)

Lionfish are also known as Zebrafish, firefish, turkey fish, butterfly-cod, scorpionfish, and dragonfish. Lionfish can live 10 to 15 years. They reach adult size in two years. The female lionfish lay up to 2 million eggs in a year or about 10,000 to 30,000 eggs every four days. A lionfish’s baby is called fry. The lionfish is not poisonous but it is venomous. Lionfish are diurnal animals.

FEAR FACTOR: Venomous spines

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SARCASTIC FRINGEHEAD

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Neoclinus blanchardi

SARCASTIC FRINGEHEAD

  • DIET: Squid eggs and small planktonic prey
  • ORIGIN: San Francisco Bay to Cedros Island, Baja California, Mexico
  • SIZE: Length: 30.5 cm (3-8 inches)

The sarcastic fringehead is a species known for the incredible display behaviors. It is a tube blenny because they live in burrows or tube-like structures. They are ambush predators, so they like to stake hide-y hole. Which helps them in both protection and a vantage point to pounce on prey. Sarcastic fringeheads are aggressive animals. That will charge at anything that comes too close.

FEAR FACTOR:  Pressing their extended Jaws together

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