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The world is such an incredibly fascinating place. Between all of the plants, people and animals that inhabit the earth, it certainly makes it a very interesting place to live. But even more interesting is the ocean and all of the amazing creatures that live beneath the watery depths. From cute to creepy, here are the top nine undersea creatures.
1. Frilled Shark
These sharks have been deemed as ‘living fossils.’ Although they are seldom seen by the human eye, they can be found lurking below the depths of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Scientists believe that in order to capture its prey, it bends its body and lunges forward, kind of like a snake.
2. Gulper Eel
The Gulper Eel is also known as the Pelican Eel, due to its huge mouth that can easily and quickly swallow prey that is much larger than itself.
The Barreleye’s most distinctive feature is its transparent dome that encases its large upward-facing eyes, which are used to scan the ocean depths for prey. As such, the Barreleye is often referred to as a “Spookfish.”
The Viperfish is easily one of the most creepy looking fish in the ocean. By day, it sticks to the deeper waters, but by night, it has often found its way into the nets of many a fisherman. However, they do not survive well in captivity.
5. Goblin Shark
While there isn’t very much known about the Goblin Shark, it does have a reputation that precedes it. With a retractable jaw and a large and scary snout, it devours its prey quickly and efficiently.
Stargazer’s eyes and mouth are both located on the top of its head. Because of this, they bury themselves in the sand and as its prey swims by, attacks by leaping upwards at the last second. They are also capable of delivering very lethal electric shocks.
7. Giant Isopod
If you think this thing isn’t terrifying, just think of it as massive underwater wood lice. They are essentially giant bugs that live on the ocean floor. They are incredibly old, too. They have been around since the earth’s continents formed Pangea. Plus, they can go over four years without eating.
8. Terrible Claw Lobster
No one even knew that this horrifying creature existed before 2007. Look at its claw, it looks like it has a giant chainsaw for a hand.
9. Giant Spider Crab
If you’re afraid of spiders, you might want to steer clear of the Giant Spider Crab. They live 1,000 feet below see level. They can grow up to twelve feet from claw tip to claw tip.