The cutest little lake-dweller is sadly almost extinct in the wild (scientists didn’t find any in their last search of the axolotl’s only remaining habitat, but are not quite ready to call it quits yet). Axolotls are salamanders that unusually never undergo metamorphosis and remain young their whole life.
10. Basket star.
Basket stars fan their arms out and use tiny microscopic hooks to capture food before curling their arms around it and pulling it towards their mouth. They tend to catch prey at night but wait until daytime to actually feed on it, which somehow makes it all the more terrifying.
6. Hooded seal.
Male hooded seals have an inflatable bladder on their head, and can inflate a red ballon type thing from one of their nostrils if they really want to impress the ladies (or ward off a competitor). I’d expect this kind of thing from a deep sea creature but coming from a seal its somehow much more impressive.
5. Roughback batfish.
1) It looks like a bat. 2) It is actually a fish. 3) Inexplicably, it has bright red lips. Officially known as Ogcocephalus parvus, this particular species lives along the western coast of the Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina down to Brazil.
2. Pigbutt worm.
It’s a worm and it looks like a pig’s backside, what more could you ask for? They live 3000 feet below the ocean surface and are about the size of a marble. Bonus: part of its latin name, Chaetopterus pugaporcinus, appears to translate to “pig butt”. Well done those scientists.
1. This deep sea squid with actual teeth.
Sea creatures with human-looking teeth are the most terrifying thing. And this one also has eight legs and two tentacles. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Promachoteuthis sulcus, a deep sea squid we only know about thanks to this one specimen. It was found by a German research vessel in the southern Atlantic ocean, around 6000ft down.
Now promise never to go down there and maybe this picture won’t haunt your nightmares.