Deep Sea Monsters
Ocean depths are an extreme environment with some extreme inhabitants. With names like fangtooth and viperfish, these 10 species truly look like deep sea monsters. Check them out.
Equipped with fang-like oversized teeth, dragonfish lives at depths of up to 5000 feet (1500m) and reaches size of about 6in (15 cm). Despite its small size, this deep sea dweller is known as a ferocious predator.
Named after its creepy stare this venomous bony fish inhabits slightly shallower waters. Known for its ambushing techniques it can reach a maximum size of 36 in (90 cm) stargazer can also produce electricity and deliver electric shocks.
This extremely rare shark is one bizarre looking creature. Most famous for its extended snout and gruesome teeth, goblin sharks have been found as deep as 4000 feet. They can grow up to 14 feet (3.3 m) long and weigh 350 lb (159 kg).
Weighing nearly a ton and growing up to 66 ft (20 m), this deep sea giant is one fascinating deep sea dweller. Some stories form the survivors of sunken ships during World War II tell of sailors being devoured by a giant squid in dark, cold waters. Technically, this is quite possible, as these carnivores will eat just about anything they can find.
Equipped with a luminous red chin appendage for luring pray, two feet long snaggletooth fish is one scary-looking creature. These powerful predators with striking eyes can be found in deep sea waters between Australia and New Zealand.
The ferocious-looking fangtooth fish, despite it's scary looks, is nearly harmless to humans with size of about 6 in (17 cm). An extreme survivor, it can be found at astonishing depth of 16000 ft (5000 m) and has survived 5 months in captivity in spite of great differences in temperature and pressure.
Considered as the ugliest creature on planet by most people who have seen it, anglerfish looks like a real-life deep sea monster. This fascinating creature infamous for its appearance and extreme mating rituals is also a delicacy in far eastern cultures with lobster-like taste and texture.
A sole survivor in Vampiromorphyda order, vampire squid is one fast swimmer, reaching speed of two body lengths per second. Covered with light producing organs, it can become completely invisible in its surrounding. It has largest eyes in the animal kingdom relative to body, with body length of 6 in (18 cm).
With sharp needle-like teeth even on its tongue, lizardfish is one mean fish. Covered in dark rough scales, this ambush predator can be found in deep sea waters throughout the the world.
This ruthless predator can reach high speed when attacking by piercing it's prey with enormous teeth. These wicked-looking deep sea monsters can become as dark as the sea depths they live in, while some are even transparent. Viperfish lives about a mile below the water and shows just how diverse and fascinating deep sea world is.