The ocean is one of the scariest places when it comes to deep waters. Most parts of the world are covered by the waters of the sea, and apparently, it is where you will find the majority of the water animals. Many people are used to the sharks and whales when they hear of any marine creature. However, there are other weird creatures that you probably haven’t seen or heard.
Here are the top 10 creepy living beings under the ocean, which you might not have heard about:
1. Pelagothuria Natatrix
This creature was preliminary discovered around the 1890s, and it is reported that it was a common creature, but it was not seen frequently after that. The creature spent most of its life floating in the water, and it had a transparent web that was in the form of an umbrella. The web has been modified along the tentacles, and it will feed on any tiny particle that through the throat that is in the form of a funnel. This creature does not need to rest on the surface of the sea, due to the shrunken body with large tentacles.
This creature is related to the leeches and earthworms, and they have decorative annelids that have spines, tentacles, feathery gills, armor plates, several eyes, fang-like mouths, as well as a number of protrusions that look like a fin. Some spend their whole lives swimming, which is why they are called the Swima. They are basically the marine polychaete, and come in many species.
This one is shaped like a worm, and it looks like a jelly as well. It is a member of the jellyfish species named the Siphonophores. It has a body that is made up of several creatures, which act as individual organs. They combine to form a body, and the creature is propelled in the air by a sequence of throbbing swimming lumps. The creature then has some polyps for feeding, while others are venomous. This helps to feed it, and keep it safe from its predators. It kills its prey, small fish, by attracting them with the quick movement of the limbs, which look like tiny shrimps. The fish is then paralyzed and eaten up.
4. Deep Sea Snailfish
The Deep Sea Snailfish has been named due to their skin, which has no scales, and it has a flesh that is jellylike. They are related to the lionfish, which is colorful, and the Blobfish. These creatures are mostly found in the deepest waters of the ocean, and the warm forests. They also look like a tadpole, though they give out a lethal element that is used to protect it from predators. The snailfish hides its eggs inside the crab, but the eggs prevents the crab from breathing, which might make it immovable.
5. Stygiomedusa Gigantea
This one is supposedly the most popular monster with tentacles found in the ocean. The creature has no stinging tentacles, though there are 5 strong arms that trail behind, which extend to up to 20 feet. The long arms are used to wrap up the prey, which are digested once they are clutched. The arms are used to suffocate the prey. And even though these creatures are dangerous, they are best of friends with the Thalassobathia, a small fish.
6. The Predatory Tunicate
Also known as the sea squirts, they tend to be motionless, and they are bag like, and they feed while they filter their food. They tend to depend on bigger food substances, which are passed through in a filter form. These creatures used to trap tiny creatures by gaping them with their mouth. They have a transparent body which helps to keep it away from its predators. They are also related to the vertebrates, especially with the growth process.
7. The Holopus
They are also called the seal lilies or the Crinoids, and they are closely related to the sea cucumber and the starfish. They used to be the most common in the ocean, and they are less nowadays, and they mostly found in dark water, where it is very cold, typical under the Arctic ice or deeper in the sea. They have some tentacles that are thick and segmented, which stretches like a human hand. The thick limbs will hold together tightly like a fist, which traps their food. They mostly like on the cave ceilings or below the ledges, underwater, and they hang like bats.
8. The Toothed Seadevil
They are also known as the Netbeard or the Needlebeard, and they measure 5 inches in size. They also have a longer and more elegant fishing lure that enhances is hunting abilities. There are also some teeth that come out of their mouth, even from uncommon angles, both inside and outside of the mouth. All the teeth have a tiny hook, and they can move separately. This helps to kill the prey easier.
9. Whalefish, Tapetails and Bignoses
The Whalefish were only discovered in female specimens, and they were called the whale imitate. The Bignoses were discovered in male specimens, and they had an incomplete digestive tract. This implied that they had a shorter lifespan, which denied them the ability to find a mate. The tapetails on the other hand were only discovered to be young, and they had a long and delicate tail. They also lived closer to the surface of the ocean.
The truth behind these creatures is that they are the same animal that grow in different ways. When he Tapetails grow, they become a whalefish, and the whalefish will feed on the tiny fish, or the male species, the Bignoses.
10. The Giant Ostracod
They are also referred to as clam shrimp or the seed shrimp, and they are found everywhere in any ocean. They can also be found in the tiny rain water collection, and they are bigger than the sand grain, and they have a delicate body that has several legs that are covered in an outer shell that is transparent.
Some of these creatures can be found today, but in rare circumstances, while others may never be found ever in life. Maybe because their species ceased to live.
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