These horrific looking sharks have a massive horn on their foreheads, and have a freaky protruding jaw that actually comes out of their head to grab their prey! What’s more, the Goblin Shark’s teeth extend outside of its already scary jaw. Shudder.
Believe it or not, this is basically a giant Rolli-Polli, aka Pillbug, like you find in your backyard. But this one is the size of your cat and lives in the ocean. Freaky. These Giant Isopods are carnivorous scavengers that forage on various sea life on the ocean floor. They grow to 16 inches (a foot and half!) long and live over 2000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean.
The Hatchet Fish has the unusual ability to change it’s color, much like the way a Chameleon does it. When viewed from above, this fish can adjust its darkness level to match the way the ocean looks from that perspective. That way, the Hatchet Fish is invisible to predators. Some species of Hatchet Fish are actually transparent—you can see right through their bodies!
Giant Alaskan Crabs
Hunted by some of the bravest fishermen in the world off the coast of Alaska, in the Bearing Strait between Alaska and Russia, the Giant Alaskan Crab is considered a delicacy by many. It’s meat is served in seafood restaurants the world over, and many men have died trying to catch them. These are the freakiest crabs known to man!
The Dragonfish lives over 6000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, where it is a fierce predator that has long, razor sharp teeth. They grow up to one and a half feet long, and the females are much larger than the males. The female Dragonfish also has a barbel attached to her chin which glows in the dark. How’s that for freaky?
The Angler Fish lives in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean, far away from the light of the sun. It is considered by many to be quite possibly the ugliest animal on earth! It also has one of the weirdest reproductive cycles of any animal on earth. The males are much smaller than the females, and are basically parasites of them. They spend their entire life looking for a female, and when they find one, they latch on with their teeth and literally never let go! What’s more, the male actually fuses with the female, and loses all his organs except the reproductive ones, using the females as his own. If that’s not weird, I don’t know what is!
In addition to its freaky reproductive habits, the Angler Fish has massive see-through teeth and it glows in the dark as well.
Stay tuned for more freaky, bizarre, and downright scary creatures of the sea!
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