When we think about the ocean we generally think about whales, dolphins, sharks and other things. Whatever, if you go down under the surface of the sea water, the water gets darker, the temperature drops and the creatures get weirder. If you don’t believe then look at these 20 bizarre looking sea creatures.
Te neotenic salamander is also known as ajolote. They are facing extinction threat. They are used in scientific research widely because they can regenerate their limbs. They live on worms, small fishes and insects in the wild.
2. Basket Star
It is one of the most bizarre looking creatures in the sea. These basket stars are one of the most enduring animals and they can live up to 35 years.
3. Blue Dragon
These queer looking sea slugs are known as the blue dragon. They are gastropods and float upside down on the surface of the sea water. They do so for their location of gas sack.
4. Carpet Shark
If you take a close look at this photo, you will surely realize why their name is carpet shark. Well, all of them don’t resemble like carpet but some of them like this one made their name appropriate.
5. Firefly Squid
The sparkling enope squids are also known as the firefly squid. They can grow up to 3 inches (7.6 cm) and have a one-year lifespan. They are commercially fished in Japan and known for lighting the shoreline.
6. Flying Gurnard
Though the name is Flying Gurnards, they can’t fly. They are well known for their large pectoral fins. For their inability of flying a few scientists think that they should be called Helmet Gurnard instead of Flying Gurnards.
7. Leafy Seadragon
This bizarre looking animal is the marine emblem of South Australia. It has innumerable leaf-like extensions all over the body which help it to camouflage and give its name leafy dragon.
8. Longhorn Cowfish
Longhorn cowfish resembles the Pokemon cartoon. You can consider them cute but beware of them. This tiny creature is very dangerous and they release the deadly toxin when under stress.
9. Matsuba Koi (human faced fish)
Though its name is human-faced fish, it does not resemble a human face. Some members of this species have very close human-like characteristics such as eyes and noses on their head.
10. Mola Mola
They are the heaviest bony fish on earth and have an average weight of 2,200 lbs (1,000kg). With a flattened body, the ocean sunfish or the common mola primarily feasts on jellyfish.
11. Northern Stargazer
They are bizarre looking and a bit scary. They bury themselves in the sand and wait to ambush their prey.
12. Red Flashing Jellyfish
The Red Flashing Jelly Fish utilized its red tentacles to tempt its prey. They are the first type of invertebrates which emit red light. In former times scientist thought that the animals in the deepest part of the ocean are not able to detect red light.
13. Roughback Batfish
Also known as seabats or anglerfish, the Ogcocephalus Parvus is one of the species of batfishes which grows up to 4 inches (10 cm). Most anglerfishes are not luminous. On the contrary, they secrets fluid which they use to lure the prey.
14. Sea Butterfly
Sea butterflies are the most abundant gastropod species on earth. They have calcified outer shells. The level of oceanic acidity is increasing and their survival is facing threat.
15. Sea Scorpion
Sea scorpions are now extinct and they are the largest arthropods that ever lived. Though extinct their fossils have been seen scattered all over the world. For you out there, we know this picture is ambiguous, improbable and maybe photoshopped but this will give you an idea what sea scorpions would look like.
16. Skeleton Shrimp
The skeleton shrimps threadlike narrow body gives them the privilege to disappear among the fine filaments of seaweed, hydroids and bryozoans. Sometimes they are known as ghost shrimps.
17. Tongue-eating Louse
They are like aliens. They are parasites. They are also known as Cymothoa Exigua. The female tongue-eating louse enters a fish’s mouth and fixes itself with the base of the fish’s tongue. After cutting the fish’s tongue the louse fixes itself with the stub and act as its tongue. what a horrible thing!
18. Weedy Seadragon
It is the marine emblem of the Australian State Victoria. Weedy sea dragon got their name from their leaf-like appearance which helps them to camouflage. They resemble sea horses and can grow up to 18 inches.
19. Black Swallower
Black Swallower of the great swallower is a bizarre deep sea fish which can swallow fishes up to twice its length and 10 times its mass. Sometimes they eat so large fish that they can’t be digested before rotting which results in excess gas making the swallow floating on the sea surface.
20. Yeti Crab
These creatures are named after the mysterious Yeti. They live at the bottom of the ocean. Generally, male yeti crabs prefer warmer waters and the females with the eggs or younger ones prefer the coldest.