We are always discovering something or the other about the ocean that just comes across as absolutely mind boggling. Although, before one should jump onto questioning the authenticity of a new species in the ocean, it should be kept in mind that humans have explored less than 5% of the oceans on Planet Earth. Shocking, isn’t it? It is a ridiculously low figure but that just goes to show that the possibilities of discovering bizarre new species is as infinite and realistic as the deep blue water itself. The unseen creatures of the vast unknown have known to strike fear in the hearts of men and legends.

Here we will be your personal digital submarine and take you across the vast unseen blue landscape with its odd inhabitants and the newest discoveries of the past couple of years. There are also spider like species similar to the one below so if you have arachnophobia, we sincerely apologize.

a spiny crab pictured 4km down

It’s no surprise that when it comes to eerily unseen and absurd species, Australia always bags the top spot on the list.

Over here we have an assortment of some weird creatures that were discovered during the first-ever deep-sea expedition along the east coast of Australia.

The creatures that were uncovered were done with the help of an international team of scientists led by Museums Victoria. The vessel that was used was the research ship Investigator, which is owned by Australia’s Marine National Facility.

a blob fish

The voyage lasted for a month in which the ship paced along the eastern edge of the Australian continental plate, where the ocean immediately drops to 4-kilometres-deep. The creatures were collected from the bottom with the help of fishing nets and trawling sleds.

Interestingly enough, more than one third of the invertebrates and a handful of fishes that have been uncovered during the expedition are completely new to the eyes of science.

This groovy creature is known as Corallimorpharia and is related to coral

 

A sea pig. Probably not the most appetizing substitute for bacon.

Let’s move forward from the east coast of Australia and see more of what the mysterious blue has in store for us.

A Frilled Shark

This monstrous being was uncovered in the 19th century by German ichthyologist Ludwig H.P. Döderlein who brought two specimens which he captured in Tokyo Bay when he returned to Vienna. The frilled shark’s mouth is lined with 25 rows of backward-facing, trident-shaped teeth—300 in all. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has studied that this shark is actually found all over the world but the reason why it barely seen is because it is “wide-ranging but spottily distributed” and typically resides in depths between 390 and 4200 feet.

 

A Dumbo Octopus

They get their name from Walt-Disney’s animated character Dumbo the Elephant, because of their similar ear structure. A Dumbo Octopus lives 9800 to 23000 feet deep in the ocean and feed off isopods, copepods, amphipods, small crustaceans and worms that crawl across the ocean floor. Unlike many octopuses, this breed does not produce ink and it makes sense why it doesn’t have ink sacs because it won’t serve any purpose in the dark.

Anglerfish

 This fella had chills being sent down every youngster’s spine in the classic movie Finding Nemo.  The deep sea angler fish are ambush predators have a lure over their head that lights up because of tiny bacteria called photo-plankton. It can be moved around so that their prey can get attracted and then they can devour them by sucking them into their huge mouth. This fascinatingly unseen creature has a very unique relationship with its female counterpart.  When a male finds a female, he bites into her side so that it can latches itself to her forever. By doing this, it saps nutrients from her blood and helps in fertilizing any eggs that she produces.  It’s considered as one of the strongest bonds in the animal kingdom and saves the anglerfish from having to find each other when it’s breeding time. They are found 400-2,000 metres below the surface in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

The Pacific Barrel Eye

The barreleyes have extremely light-sensitive eyes that can rotate, Exorcist-like, in any direction. It also sports a transparent skull that is filled with fluid because of which you can see its brain. As if this creature doesnn’t get spooky enough, it has large, flat fins that allows it to remain motionless in the water. Since they have small mouths, it would be fair to assume that their targets will be precise and selective when it comes to devouring small prey. Ironically, they have large digestive systems, which suggests that their diet revolves mostly around small species or organisms.

Viper Dogfish

Say hello to the Viper Dogfish. Actually, on second thought, don’t say hello. Just walk away. These goblin sharks were found off an expedition along the Taiwanese coast and they gave scientists quite a shock with their gnarly, needle like teeth and extendable jaws. One of the captured creatures survived 24 hours outside of its natural habitat before it passed away. It has the ability to move its jaws forward while its hunting and also sports a glowing belly. This is due to chemical reactions from light producing organs, known as photophores, that line the shark’s belly and head.

This is where we shall rally our submarine back to safer and more dry lands. The unseen creatures of the deep blue ocean are better left to those depths and the more they reside there, the better. Although, undoubtedly these absurd breeds go to show how mysterious and full of surprises Nature can be and that in the bosom of Mother Nature lies populations of species that we have not yet uncovered. Indeed, the sheer coolness of these dangerous beings is undeniable and the more we know before we set sail on a voyage or a cruise, the higher the chances are that we will be more cautious and prepared.

 

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