These Bizarre Sea Creatures Might Give You Nightmares
Missy aka Tizzy
Nature and Travel
On 18th March 2018
This is a deep sea fish that is known for the ability to swallow fish that are larger than he is. According to discovery.com, this fish lives 10,000 feet below the surface and food is usually scarce, so it has no choice but to eat fish that is larger than he is. They refer to this fish as a binge eater because they often bite off more than they can chew, so to say. I don't know about the rest of you, but I am thankful that it stays so far below the surface.
According to Wikipedia, this is a newer species that was found in the Celebes Sea between Indonesia and the Philippines. They are about 10 centimeters of length and have a lot going on with their bodies. "Their outer body consists of a thin gelatinous sheath and incorporated 10 anterior appendages that are approximately the size of its body. Two of these tentacles are used for food collection while the other 8 of them are part of its respiratory and sensory system. Moreover, it possesses two feather-like structures on its head, called nuchal organs which analyze chemical signals in the sea." It is not necessarily as scary as it is weird.
Frilled Sharks have often been referred to as living fossils. It got its name, frilled shark, because of their gills that are located on their throat. It is pretty freaky looking since it has the face of a lizard and the body of an eel. Before the 19th century, it was referred to as a sea serpent, according to science-rumors.com. Inside their mouths, you will find 25 rows of teeth for a total of 300 teeth. If that is not scary, I do not know what it.
Do you see those creepy eyes? Are those teeth as terrifying to you as they are to me? Seasky.org has classified this fish as one of the fiercest predators of the deep sea. The viperfish will swim at their prey at fast speeds, then it will impale them with their teeth. How scary is that?! I guess we don't really have to worry about this guy since he is pretty small. Viperfish only grow to be around 12 inches long. I would steer clear anyway.