10 Weird And Unusual Underwater Creatures
Discovered in 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean, this creature was dubbed the “yeti lobster” or “yeti crab”. It lives at a depth of 2,200 metres on hydrothermal vents along the Pacific-Antarctic.
The guineafowl puffer, from the Pacific Ocean. When fully expanded, it can reach 50 cm in length.
The white turtle, whose creamy colour is offset by a few hints of pink, features prominently in Chinese culture – a character in Journey to the West is turned into one for his wrongdoings.
The blobfish is a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than that of the water it occupies. This helps it maintain buoyancy. Hovering just above the sea-floor, the blobfish gobbles edible matter that floats past it.
With their unusual feeding habits and slime-producing capabilities, the Hagfish has been dubbed the most “disgusting” of all sea creatures.
Seapigs live on, or just underneath, the bottom of the ocean and feed on the mud of the seafloor. Scientists haven’t yet worked out how they are such a successful deep-sea creature.
Leafy seadragons are covered with leaf-like appendages, making them remarkably camouflaged. Found in Australia, they inhabit calm, cold water and have been protected by the government since 1982.
Hairy frogfish walk along the seabed hunting for food. This rare creature can be found in Indonesia.
Living at extreme depths, and among the rarest of octopuses, the Dumbo octopus gets its name from its ears which loosely resemble those of the Disney character, Dumbo.
The viperfish is a deepwater fish with long, needle-like teeth and hinged lower jaws. It is one of the fiercest predators in the very deep part of the sea and is believed to attack its prey by luring its victim with a light producing organ.
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