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18 Nightmarish Sea Creatures That Will Prove The Ocean Is Fucking Terrifying


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1. The barreleye fish has an eerie transparent, fluid-filled head:

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What looks like a brain is actually tubular eyes that can rotate in various directions, allowing them to see above and in front of them.

2. The striated frogfish uses its illicium rod, which gives off light, to lure in prey:

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They can open their jaw and expand their mouth up to 12 times its normal size. This allows them to capture prey up to double the size of their own body. They can also regenerate limbs, like their luminescent rod, if it becomes detached.

3. Male anglerfish latch onto female anglers in order to feed. Eventually they fuse to the females and lose all internal and external organs except their testes:

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There are over 200 types of anglerfish, which can grow to be 8-40 inches long and up to 110 pounds. Their mouths are so wide and flexible that they can easily swallow prey that is double their size.

4. Red-lipped batfish have bright red lips, making them look like they just devoured their prey:

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And although they are very capable of swimming along the ocean floor, they use their fins as "legs" to eerily saunter from place to place.


6. The sea spider's mouth is larger than its body and is used to "suck the juices" from its prey:

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There are more than 600 living species of sea spiders, as if we weren't already terrified of ~land~ spiders.

8. The water bear, an eight-legged microorganism, can survive up to 30 years without food and water:

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They can survive extreme temperatures, radiation exposure, and even oxygen deprivation. It's no surprise that they're able to withstand the immense pressure down in the Mariana Trench.


9. The frilled shark has six "bloody-looking" gills on both sides of its head:

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When they find their prey, they lunge at it like a snake and trap it in their mouth of 200 pin-sharp teeth. They even swallow their prey whole!

10. The goblin shark has a jaw that extends to grab its prey at a speed of 10.1 feet-per-second:

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It is believed that they spend a majority of their life lurking at depths of around 4,200 feet, only coming up to the surface at night.

11. The chimaera, aka ghost shark, glides through waters at a depth of 8,200 feet with its silvery, sinister hue:

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Unlike ~Hollywood~ sharks, they actually grind their food using tooth plates rather than chew with a set of teeth.

12. The red handfish looks half-amphibian, half-fish with four "hands" in the front and a fin in the back:

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They are known as the rarest fish in the world due to the fact that only two populations, totaling approximately 80 living creatures, have been discovered by scientists.


13. The stargazer has an organ behind its eyes that produces a 50-volt electric shock to stun its prey:

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This fish uses its fins as shovels to bury itself in the ocean floor, leaving just its eyes and mouth out to catch prey.

14. Comb jellyfish will eat other comb jellies that are larger than them by bitting off small pieces of their prey:

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These organisms are made up of 95% water, having no bones or shells to their soft body.

15. The bobbit worm can grow up to a meter long and has a razor-sharp jaw:

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They will burrow into the ocean floor and wait for their prey to swim by. They have been known to hunt large fish and drag them into their burrow once captured.

17. The warty frogfish swallows its prey whole:

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They are so patient and stagnant while waiting for prey that algae can sometimes grow on their body. They'll then use it as camouflage so their prey doesn't see them before they strike in under 6 milliseconds.

18. And finally, the viperfish's color is known to be close to the "blackest black," making it virtually invisible in the depths of the ocean:

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They have wide jaws and sharp fangs that protrude from their mouth.