These Scary Underwater Creatures Will Put You Off Swimming For Life.
When you think of marine animals and sea creatures, what comes to mind? Most of us conjure up images of friendly whales, cheerful dolphins, a colorful school of fish or two. Who could deny the general adorable-ness of the seahorse, or be afraid of an ancient sea turtle?
As cute and cuddly as those animals are, they aren't what this post is about. No, this post is about the creatures that live in the deeper, darker spots in the ocean, lurking in wait to scare the hell out of you should you ever encounter them. In other words, you won't find Nemo here -- but you might find the anglerfish who tries to meet him.
Check out the lesser-known crowd that lives in the ocean in the images below. Sure, not all of them are scary -- but some of them are so scary that they make up for the time you thought you were safe (that octopus might look like a cartoon, but the viperfish might be nearby). All we can say is, just be glad you can't swim that deep.
First, we've got the anglerfish.
Yes, it really looks like this. The terrifying deep sea creature has a growth on its head called an esca. Essentially, the esca acts as a lure for the anglerfish's prey.
The lure emits a light that attracts food in the darkness of the deep sea.
The strategy is known as "sit and wait" hunting. Essentially, their food just tends to swim right into their mouths.
The glowy bacteria that colonize some anglerfishes' esca are actually symbiotic marine bacteria.
The bacteria metabolize certain chemicals and create their own light. That is known as bioluminescence.
There are a few different kinds of anglerfish.
This terror is called a Fangtooth and is known to be robust compared to many other fish of the deep sea. They can also survive in aquariums.
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Fangtooth fish have oversized teeth and mouths.
Those characteristics are crucial for surviving in the deep waters -- and make it easier for their potential meals to swim right in.
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