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  • A lot of people aren't comfortable swimming in open water.

  • I mean, you never know what lives in the water beneath your feet.

  • The ocean holds many bizarre deep sea monsters.

  • As you dive 140 meters underwater, you might see a megamouth shark.

  • Sure, they look scary, but those 50 rows of teeth are for filtering krill.

  • The Japanese spider crab is happy to welcome you 300 meters down.

  • These massive crustaceans are thought to live to 100 years old and are a Japanese delicacy.

  • The frilled shark looks closer to an eel.

  • Its needle-like teeth hook squid one half its size and its jaws can gulp them down.

  • Even deeper is the Pacific blackdragon.

  • It uses its chin barbel as a lure to attract small fish.

  • Another 150 meters down, we meet the vampire squid.

  • It has bioluminescent organs called photophores that produce flashes of light.

  • But it doesn't drink blood.

  • It prefers free-floating debris from the surface.

  • The deeper you go the more alien things look.

  • Goblin sharks are believed to be unchanged for 25 million years, basically making them living fossils.

  • They can launch their jaws forward to grab prey.

  • Look, here comes the blobfish!

  • This thrilling deep-sea fish was voted the world's ugliest animal by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.

  • But its jelly-like skin looks much more natural at 900 meters.

  • Down here, we enter the midnight zone where no natural light can reach.

  • You might also pass the Tiburonia granrojo, or big red, one of the largest jellyfish in the world.

  • The fangtooth has teeth to spare, the largest of any fish.

  • It can't even fully close its mouth.

  • The barreleye looks upward through its translucent head.

  • It recognizes the silhouette of its prey in even the most dim light.

  • But it should watch out below for the ghost shark.

  • Its body is covered with sensory organs that detect motion in the surrounding water.

  • Deeper down are giant isopods, supersized crustaceans.

  • These guys are closely related to common pill bugs.

  • Down at 2200 meters is one of the biggest residents of the deep.

  • At 14 meters long, the colossal squid is the largest known invertebrate.

  • Its arms have sharp hooks, which it uses to catch prey and fight sperm whales.

  • As we go even deeper, we enter the hadal zone, where life is less common.

  • The sea devil is the quintessential deep-sea anglerfish.

  • Its bioluminescent lure attracts prey close to its massive jaws.

  • But you can still find some extreme life forms as deep as 7,000 meters under the surface.

  • Like our friend, the sea spider.

  • It sucks up worms from the ocean floor with its proboscis.

  • There are potentially thousands more undiscovered creatures swimming around underneath us.

  • Who knows what else might be living down there.

A lot of people aren't comfortable swimming in open water.

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The Most Terrifying Creatures Of The Deep Sea

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    April Lu posted on 2019/03/20
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