Top Deep-Sea Creatures
1. Fangtooth Fish:
- These fish have mouths that are full of long, pointed teeth, perfect for catching prey in the deep sea.
- Fangtooths are deep-sea predators that found at depths of well over 16,000 feet (nearly 5000 m).
- Although the fangtooth may look like a true monster.
- It reaching a maximum length of only six inches (16 centimeters).
2. Fringehead Fish:
- Fringehead is a fish known for its mouth and its ultra-aggressive behavior.
- Living in burrows that range from logs to shells, to cracks in rocks, and California and Mexico.
- Fringeheads are known to open their mouths to horrifying extremely sharp teeth.
- When two individuals fight, they open their mouths as wide as possible and bumping mouths to establish dominance.
- They survive by mostly eating smaller fish and crustaceans.
- Blobfish are native to the waters off Australia and New Zealand.
- They live at average depths of 3,000 feet.
- Their diet consists of small crustaceans like crabs, sea urchins, and shellfish.
- Their extremely low muscle mass doesn’t allow for much movement at all.
- Blobfish grow to about 12 inches long.
- The blobfish lacks the swim bladder found in most species of fish, an air sac that allows the fish to adjust and control buoyancy.
- Yellow-headed jawfish is a small fish that can reach 4 to 5 inches in length.
- When danger threatens, they dive for cover into their burrow.
- It takes an adult yellowhead jawfish about 8 hours to construct a new burrow.
- Jawfishes stabilize the entranceway to their burrow with rocks and shell fragments.
- The males carry their eggs inside their mouths until they hatch.
- Boxfish are easily recognized by their distinctive square or boxlike shapes.
- Boxfish are found throughout the world and commonly associated with coral reefs.
- The square or triangular shape is defined by a shell-like bony structure called carapace.
- Some boxfish can secrete a deadly poison from their skin to protect them from predators.
6. Psychedelic Frogfish:
- The weird and wonderful psychedelic frogfish was first described in 2009.
- With vivid stripes of bluish-green, white and yellowish-orange, this strange-looking fish is a type of anglerfish.
- Due to its amazing camouflage and most complicated & efficient examples of aggressive mimicry.
- Striated, or hairy, frogfishes usually mimic algae or soft corals.
7. Gulper Fish:
- The heads of gulper eels are enormous compared to the rest of their bodies.
- They have loosely hinged mouths, which can open wide enough to eat large animals.
- Inside their largemouths are several tiny, sharp teeth.
- The lower part of their jaws looks like a pouch and helps catch food.
- Picture what a pelican looks like – the gulper eel’s mouth is very similar.
- The gulper eel is found at depths ranging from 500 to 6,000 feet (about 150 to 1,800 meters).
8. Goblin Shark:
- Adults are normally captured while swimming at depths of 900 to 4300 feet.
- Goblin shark has small eyes, therefore they rely on some of their other senses more heavily.
- The largest recorded individual was 12.6 feet long and weighed 463 pounds, but it’s possible that goblin sharks can grow even bigger.
- Its mouth opens to an incredible 111-degree angle.
- Its natural diet includes crabs and squid.
- Goblin sharks have such freaky jaws because of its not a fast swimmer.
9. Barreleye Fish:
- A fish with a transparent head.
- Exist and lurks in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
- Chapman – a marine biologist – discovered the Barreleye Fish back in 1939.
- The first-ever photograph of the fish showing its transparent head was taken in 2004.
- Two barrel-shaped or tubular eyes remain pointed upward & embedded inside the head.
- These tubular eyes are ultra-sensitive and capable of capturing the tiniest bit of light at the great depths.
- Barreleye Fish is a deep water fish, found at a depth of 2,000 feet to 2,600 feet, but they can also be found at depths of 3,330 feet.
- Barreleye Fish is average size is around 15 centimeters (6 inches), the species can grow up to 44 centimeters or (~17.3 inches).
- Barreleye Fish it cannot see sideways. It can see upward and forward.
10. Frilled Shark:
- Frilled Shark remains in the oceans’ depths, up to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface.
- Frilled sharks bear many characteristics of ancestors who swam the seas at the dinosaurs.
- This 5.3-foot (1.6-meter) specimen was found in shallow water in Japan in 2007 and transferred to a marine park. It died hours after being caught.