What churns in the darkness beneath our oceans?
It’s natural for man to fear the unknown. The odd and unfathomable void, the blackness that swirls and eddies in the deepest recesses of our seas. What lurks at the very bottom is something that has baffled and terrified people for years, as even the strongest diving suits and submarines aren’t quite enough to penetrate the pressure of the abyss. So really, what lives there? What swims in the darkness, unencumbered by human interference? What beauty and what horrors may truly lie below?
Despite our inability to see what lies at the darkest, deepest bottom, mankind has managed, over the years, to sink particularly deep into the blackness of the sea. And with it, some of the strangest deep sea creatures have been found lurking within our waters – some, simply odd-looking. Most, truly terrifying. Pointed teeth, gnarled features, bioluminescent bodies offering the only light source in the unfathomable darkness of the deep – as if it were a nightmare world breathed life.
Most average people, however, don’t know too much about our own deep seawater creatures. We’re only familiar with ordinary, less strange fishes; the type we regularly fish up and buy fresh fish online in Malaysia. But for those curious about what lies within the frothing depths, here are the 4 strangest deep-sea creatures that will make you fear the abyss.
Known throughout the Internet as the ‘World’s Ugliest Fish’, the Blobfish is a very interesting deep-sea fish that earned it’s name through it’s blob-like appearance – what looks to be a pink, gelatinous, fleshy body pocked with two dark eyes, slowly melting into the surfaces it’s placed upon.
This has long been what most people around the world generally assume the Blobfish naturally looks like – but in reality, the Blobfish only looks like this mass of pink flesh after suffering tissue damage from being reeled to the surface too quickly. In its natural climate, the Blobfish looks more traditionally fishlike; with a grey-brown body, wide-set eyes, and a foreboding appearance.
2. Angler Fish
A terrifying deep-sea fish who first earned its fame through Finding Nemo, the angler fish is known throughout the world for two things – the bio luminescent bulb it has dangling on a cord from its forehead to attract prey, and its horrific, monstrous appearance.
Like many deep-sea creatures, the angler fish looks like something pulled right out of a horror movie. It has a ridged, bony body, milk-white eyes, and an upturned maw crowded with dozens of spiked teeth. Though angler fish are smaller than and therefore do not cause much harm to humans, it’s still something you’d rather not encounter swimming with you in the darkness of the deep.
The oarfish is a deep sea fish initially popularized by the Nintendo game Animal Crossing: New Horizons; wherein you could fish one up if you were particularly lucky. But don’t be fooled by the cute graphics – the oarfish is a very real, very terrifying species of fish and one that has even inspired some dragons of myth.
What’s particularly distinct about the oarfish is its sheer length – with an elongated, eel-like, silver-blue body, the oarfish can grow up to an average of 17 meters in length, and may take up to 3 people to completely hoist up. It’s also distinct for its red fins and the tendril-like appendages that grow out from the top of its head; offset against the silvery-blue of it’s body to give it a striking appearance. People are most familiar with the dead oarfish that sometimes wash up on our beaches – but if we’re lucky, we may be able to see the silvery flash of a long body snaking through the waves.
An eel-like, slime-secreting fish lurking in the deep oceans, the Hagfish is such a scary looking creature it looks like an alien from another planet. With a long, sinuous body commonly rolled up into a coil at rest, the Hagfish has no directly discernible eyes and possesses a tube-like mouth crammed with barbels and comb-shaped teeth.
But what is perhaps the most frightening aspect of the hagfish is its diet – the hagfish has been known to feast on the carcasses of dead fish; burrowing into their bodies with their teeth, and then consuming them from the inside-out. Now if that isn’t some horrific feeding habit pulled straight out of Alien, I don’t know what is.
The ocean is filled with some truly horrific creatures; with scary features and an almost otherworldly terror about them. So the next time you decide to dive deep into the ocean, watch out – you may find something that is best left undiscovered.