Did you know that scale worms like hydro thermal vents that can reach 700 degrees Fahrenheit ? From the ocean's biggest Sunfish, to the tiny Squidworm, these are 15 Bizarre Creatures from the Sea
Basket Star -- Pretty amazing patterns created by this marine invertebrate, almost looks like a mass of seaweed.. Check out this picture from wired.com. You can see that all those branches are actually fleshy arms, giving it a basket like appearance, hence its name. To catch prey, they’ll coil their tendrils about their victims, usually small crustaceans or mollusks … Then the Basket Star will transport the food to its mouth, located underneath the central disc. Did you know that these marine invertebrates can reproduce sexually or simply divide their bodies and regenerate themselves!
Sea Cucumber -- These marine animals have leathery skin and an elongated body, generally measuring up to 12 inches long (30cm). Sea Cucumbers are usually found on the seafloor and many collected are for human consumption … not because they taste like cucumbers, though. They get that name because they resemble the fruit of the cucumber plant.
This translucent shrimp-like animal was found in New Zealand in 2014. Despite the fact that you can see through the animal, scientists still don’t know much about it. It's thought the creature could be a Salpa Maxima, which are known to have gelatinous bodies and feed on phytoplankton and have gelatinous bodies. They’re usually found in both temperate and cold seas. Think you’d want one for a pet?
The Dumbo Octopus -- This animal gets its name because it looks like a Dumbo … You know, Walt Disney’s Dumbo, the elephant whose ears were so big he could flap them and fly? Well, this creature don’t have ears, but it does have fins it uses to flap its way across the ocean floor. They’re known for their large eyes that are about one-third the width of their bell shaped heads and are known to live 23,000 feet (7010m) deep … Did you know the Dumbo Octopus eats its prey whole and can change color to camouflage itself?
Tonguefish -- Species of Tonguefish are usually found in tropical or some shallow estuaries. The one pictured here (*as seen on listverse.com*) was actually inhabiting the bottom of the western Pacific Ocean and was caught in 2012. They tend to be survivors, as many of these animals have been located around hydrothermal vents which spew sulphur … Scientists aren’t quite sure how they can survive such condition. Did you notice that both of the Tonguefish’s eyes are located on one side of its head!
Sea Angel -- They might be called sea angels, but they can be one devil of a predator. This animal is actually a predatory sea snail that makes its home in the deep waters of the Antarctic. Also rather un-angelic is their habit of hunting and eating shelled pteropods, which is another kind of snail … wouldn’t that be some sort of snail-cannibalism?
Napoleon Wrasse (rass) -- Found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, this is one of the largest reef fish found in those warm waters, measuring more than 6 feet (2m) in length. It’s also known as the Maori Wrasse due to the intricate blue-green facial design that resembles Maori war paint. Like fingerprints, those designs are unique to each animal. Did you know that this creature is a protogynous (proto-jin-uss) hermaphrodite and can change its sex from female to male … Would you like that kind of ability?
The Squidworm -- Sounds like a great title for a horror movie, right? Take a look at this creature feature in this picture from phys.org. This is actually a new species discovered in the Coral Triangle, an area between Indonesia and the Philippines. The animal was found in 2007 at a depth of 1.8 miles (2800m) by scientists using a remote operated vehicle (or ROV). The Squidworm earned its name due to the 10 appendages on its head which are tentacle shaped and each of which are longer than its 3.5 inch (8.9cm) body.
Mola Mola -- Also known as the Ocean Sunfish, this animal can weigh an average of more than 2,200 pounds (998kg). Little surprise that it’s earned a reputation as the heaviest known bony fish in the world. Resembling a fish head with tail, its body is laterally flattened … you tell that from the picture here. Over 10 ft in height (3.2m) and over 5 feet long (1.8m) these fish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended. Despite their size, they pose no threat to humans and like feed on jellyfish, squid and crustaceans.
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