Recently, scientists took to the marine waters outside the East Coast of Australia to explore the incredible diversity of life in the great depths. These photos are what they found.
Want to know what exists in the deepest, strangest corners of the ocean? Check out these creatures.
The Glass Sponge
The Glass Sponge is the name given to this incredible creature. The creatures are equipped with a skeleton, composed of a lattice of glassy silica filaments. Sometimes, the silica filaments can reach up to a meter long. Silica is a substance useful for chelating and removing aluminum from the body. The glass sponges manage to feed by sifting single celled organisms and bacteria from the water that gently passes over the delicate glassy exterior of the quiet ocean dweller.
Red Spiny Crab
This is one hell of a spiky crab. This brightly colored red spiny crab is protected by the common sense nature of its spikes: However, these aren’t even true crabs: they are creature more related to hermit crabs who merely traded in its own shell for this spiky monster of a thing.
Phallic looking enough, the peanut worm is a creature that can be found in the deep sea that looks like a human penis if you couldn’t tell. Hilariously yet menacingly, when threatened this worm can contract their long wormy head inwards and resemble the shape of a peanut. This creature is capable of both reproducing sexually and asexually.
Bioluminiscent, this monstrous pile of sharp teeth is actually a being that emits light, due to the fact that it inhabits a very deep region of the ocean known as the “twilight zone,” in great depths as much as 1,000 meters. This shark turns big fishes into prey, whales, dolphins, and even swimmers if they are unfortunate enough to encounter one. This tiny shark can take down big, intelligent beings deep in the ocean.
This coffinfish, a deep-sea creature that has a facial expression oddly human looking, belongs to the anglerfish group although it may be classified as a new species eventually. It’s almost like a nice, humble human facial expression or that of a puppy.
Ahh, just look at those arm-like things extended out with that facial expression: oddly adorable and creepy at the same time. The Lizard Fish is a dominant predator of the deep, deep ocean and therefore is not common to find, because food is scarce for these predators.
Now, this one you might have heard of already. They look so strange, they might appear in advertisements that look clickbaity at the bottom of a page Off the coast of the Australian state of New South Wales, this particular blob fish was collected from a depth of 2.5 kilometers. This predatory fish waits in silence at the bottom of the ocean, waiting to jump on prey passing by with an unexpected jolt.
Isn’t it kind of funny that people, animals, fish, and insects all seem to have similar facial features and eyes? Well this fish does not seem to have a face. This faceless fish was found 4 kilometers beneath the surface of the ocean. In the northern Coral Sea over 140 years ago during the HMS Challenger voyage, this faceless fish was located. It was the first round the world oceanographic expedition ever. After over a century, the species was rediscovered in Australia.
These are strange coral organisms that surprisingly belong to the same group as jelly fish, anemones, tentacled creatures and hard corals.
This star fish can be found across the planet from Siberia toward Antarctica, and there is very little to be known about them yet.
Have you ever seen an octopus climb through a tiny hole? This one flaps it’s ears like the Disney character Dumbo, to propel itself through the ocean.
Osedax, or Zombie Worms can typically be found inside the decaying corpses of whales on the floor of the ocean. They burrow into bones and feed on what is inside them. Oddly enough, without mouths, anuses, or guts, bacteria inside the worms digest it for them.
Giant Anemone-Sucking Sea Spiders
Now that the long name is out of the way, let’s talk about this “nope.” The oldest anthropods known on planet Earth are apparently these “sea spiders.” Many sea spiders have glow in the dark legs, like other creatures of the deep sea.
Off the coast of Tasmania south of Australia, these little pink sea pigs can be found in the Freycinet Marine Reserve. They operate as veritable vacuum cleaners on the floor of the ocean, trudging across to consume micro-organisms.
Scavengers exist in the deep sea as well. They eat basically anything they can find, especially the decaying remains of for example, a dead whale on the floor of the ocean.
This little guy is not completely flat in their original habitat, more spherical.
On stilt-like fins, these “spiderfihes” hover a bit off the floor of the ocean, extending forward to feel their prey swim by.
(Image credit: Bored Panda)