We have only discovered and researched about 5% of our oceans, according to most figures. Yet, what we’ve charted has thrown up some very interesting discoveries.
Namely, the amount of creatures that look like they’re straight out of a Salvador Dali dream. Some of these creatures were seen and discovered recently!
Really, there are many stranger-than-fiction fish out there to name, but we’ve cobbled the most amazing 7 together here. Read on to learn more.
A rare creature is a bright yellow with red markings from waters around Indonesia. But, some frogfish, who like to keep a low profile, may change colors in order to blend in with their environment.
Frogfish are masters of fitting or blending in, no matter how strange they can appear. Frogfish can change their coloring to suit their surroundings, much like a chameleon or an octopus.
This camouflage ability is incredible to see and can make it very difficult to find. Although it’s often ignored, educating yourself on the clown frogfish is critical. It is not a common name, and you may think the text contains a mistake.
Pink See-Through Fantasia
The pink see-through fantasy is a sea cucumber located about a mile and a half deep in the West Pacific (east of Borneo) Celebes Sea.
The frilled shark is one of the sea’s wildest looking animals. If it looks like an ancient beast. Mental Floss claims that frilled sharks “have changed too little since prehistoric times”.
The deep-water counterpart of the Grumpy Cat, the blob sculpin, is a miserable-looking fish that lives in very deep water in both the North Pacific and the Bering Sea.
While this bottom-feeder may look chronically lonely and bummed out, it actually keeps the ocean floor pretty busy.
Sculpins fan their eggs in order to keep them free of sand, which is an uncommon activity for deep-sea fish. It appears to be a bit more cautious when it comes to keeping their children.
Christmas Tree Worms
Christmas Tree Worms are found in warm, tropical waters ranging from the Caribbean to Indonesia. It received it’s name from tree-like appendages protruding from its neck.
Nevertheless, the part of this worm that looks like a Christmas tree is actually its eyes, and the feathery parts are tentacles that move food into its digestive system.
Think sharks are the ocean’s only frighteningly toothy residents? Think that over again. In reality, adult fangtooth, typically found in tropical and cold-temperate waters around the world, have the largest teeth of any fish in the ocean, proportionate to their body size.
The vampire squid lives between 2000 and 3000 feet deep in the ocean. It got it’s name from its webbing, which, when it wants to hide, it can transform inside out and cover itself with it, like a vampire’s black cloak. The webbing also features fleshy spines.
Then if the vampire squid becomes too agitated, it can fire blue bioluminescent mucus from the tips of its arm to daze predators so it can swim deeper into darkness.
The world’s oceans account for 70% of the Earth’s surface somewhere in the area. It’s no wonder that with such a vast expanse of water, much of it is practically unexplored.
Hidden under the waters of the great oceans of the world are some very strange and unusual sea creatures, many of which seem to defy all logic. Research more about each of these creatures and start getting to know them better!