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The Spookiest Deep Sea Marine Animals

Published by CHAN LEE PENG in Science
October 16th, 2008

What are the craziest and weirdest animals deep down the sea?

Beneath the deepest and coldest depths of the ocean, there life flourishes just like other ecosystem you encounter on the Earth. In this extreme environmental condition, in which its pressure could shatter a human skull, it appears to be an ideal survival surrounding to a wider variety of bizarre and odd species than the tropical rainforest that humans use to discover each year. These marine animals that inhibit at such extreme depths may appear bizarre and horrifying to human sensibilities, but it is the natural adaptation to perfectly match them with an icy, crushing void of the deep sea.

Coffinfish

 

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Photo credit: deepsea.com

The coffinfish is a deep sea dwelling fish that lives in deep waters in Southwest Pacific around Tasmania and Australia. Its scientific name is B.melanostomus whose word of “melanostomus” originated from the Greek “melanos” meaning black and “stoma” meaning mouth. Its flabby body and long tail are both covered with small scary spines. Besides of this external feature, it also has a black mouth lining and an illicium on its snout that can be lowered into a groove. Its body length can grow to at least 10cm.

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The species of C. melanostomus has been trawled in the Central to Eastern Indian Ocean at depths ranging from 1320m to 1760m. Interestingly, this coffinfish can flat itself like a puffer fish but also has a small lure on its head which looks like an angler fish.

Giant Isopod

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The giant isopod is a carnivorous crustacean that spends most of its time scavenging the deep ocean floor. Bathynomus giganteus is the largest known member of the isopod family (crustaceans related to the shrimp and crabs). As food is extremely scarce at the deep ocean biome, the isopod adapted itself by eating any foods that fall to the ocean floor from above besides feeding on small invertebrates (including algae, worms, sea stars, sea urchins, and anything dead and decaying creatures of the deep) that inhibit at the deep cold sea benthic environment of the Atlantic. However, it can survive to long periods of famine and have been reported to survive over 8 foods without food in the aquarium.

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  1. nobert soloria bermosa
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 11:30 am

    interesting

  2. papaleng
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for sharing, it’s the first time I saw photos of some of these creatures specially the Gulper eel.

  3. Bozsi Rose
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Very creepy!

  4. neelam pandey
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    very interesting…

  5. Enzo Silvestri
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    That makes me kind of glad I am only licensed to dive to 100 ft.

  6. Lauren Axelrod
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Really eerie stuff Chan

  7. BC Doan
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Very interesting and scary looking marine animals..

  8. Liane Schmidt
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I am continually amazed by what you are able to find CHAN… it’s amazing to think about the fact that all these things exist and you never knew about them and it just makes you wonder how many other things you will never know!

    Great work!

    Blessings.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.

  9. Ruby Hawk
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    These are eery sea creatures but beautiful in their own way.

  10. goodselfme
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Great pics and information too. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Eunice Tan
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Wonderful!

  12. Balzac
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Excellent article. Have a good day.
    Balzac

  13. Darlene McFarlane
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Very interesting, Chan. I can’t make up my mind which one is more disgusting.

    Great article.

  14. swapna
    Posted October 19, 2008 at 7:45 am

    very interesting…..

  15. Kim Buck
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Disturbingly unique, twistedly bizarre – I couldn’t look away.

  16. Posted November 14, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    I like the eel, but I wouldn’t want to see it while I was swimming.

  17. sammeh dabdoub
    Posted November 24, 2008 at 4:36 am

    these types of fish are really helpful people :|
    umm… viper fish are a realyly long types of fish in the deap sea.

  18. abby
    Posted March 16, 2009 at 6:55 am

    NICE ONE CHAN LEE PENG!

  19. Josh
    Posted May 15, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Seeing these images makes me sick to my stomach… Don’t get me wrong, I love these creatures
    and think they’re fascinating, but… I don’t know…

  20. Robyn de Villiers
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I think the long-nose chimaeras and hatchet fish are so so cute!!!!!!!!!

  21. Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Creepy. Just absolutly freakish, most of them. x.x
    great info, though. :)

  22. Gracey
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 5:19 am

    im never swsimming again

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