We think of the ocean as a serene place. The sight, the smell, the sound… it’s all so peaceful. But often what we see is merely the surface. Sometimes it takes a different perspective to get a better grasp of what’s underneath the waves.
Most of us will never get to see views like these.
11More of the Oar
The oarfish is the longest bony fish in the sea, reaching a length of thirty-six feet.
10The Rat(tail) of the Sea
Grenadiers, also know as “rat tails” due to their body structure, are amongst the most common bottom-dwelling fish. With a face like that, we can see why it may want to stay in hiding…
9Don’t Go Star-Gazing
It may look like a joke, but members of the stargazer fish family can be quite deadly. Some hide in the sand and leap out, swallowing their prey.
Others have lures in their mouth to bring the prey to them. Others still can use electrical shocks, and some are venomous. Best to stay away, perhaps.
In 2013 the blobfish was voted “World’s Ugliest Animal” based on photos like the above. However, this is unfair to the creature since its body decompresses and changes shape when it’s out of water. If you want to see it in its natural, less blobby, splendor, go for a dive in the deep-seas of Tasmania and Australia.
7Be Careful Where You “Go”
The candiru, found in South American rivers, attacks other fish by swimming into the streams expelled by the gills of its prey and uses spines to latch onto its insides.
Because of this, it’s known to swim up urine streams of anyone unfortunate enough to pee where it lives. A common myth is that it attacks only men, earning it the nickname “p**is fish,” but it attacks women as well.
6A Floating Coffin
The coffin fish is actually a sea toad (a class of anglerfish) and is covered in spiny scales. Making their home off the east coast of Australia, they can be found three-hundred meters beneath the water’s surface.
This is a male jawfish. After mating, the female jawfish will give her eggs to the male, which he keeps in his mouth.
4Nature Has no Scale
Many of the creatures we love come in wildly varying sizes. The above giant jellyfish, for example, is a lot bigger than how pop culture depicts the invertebrate.
The elusive “big red” jellyfish is still under research, but so far it’s only been found to grow between 15 and 75 centimeters.
2Dracula of The Sea
The lamprey fish is known for latching onto, boring into, and sucking the blood out of its prey. Just look at the smile…
The psychedelia is a frogfish, meaning its fins have developed into leg-like appendages. It uses these fins to hop along the ocean floor and is known for its distinct fingerprint-like pattern.