Rarely has a sea creature deserved its name more than the sarcastic fringehead. But make no mistake — this curious looking tiny sea predator is no joke for its prey. The Southern California and Baja native fish is a ferocious hunter, with ambush being its preferred hunting strategy.
The goblin shark is another weird looking deep-sea resident whose sharp teeth are arranged in a particularly outlandish fashion. Mercifully, that shark is no threat to humans, as it spends its time eating bottom-feeding fish.
The water bear is famous for being the world’s toughest creature — and its appearance is quite possibly the most alien of the bunch. Incredibly, water bears can live for up to 200 years and are thriving in places where no other animals can survive.
The Mola Mola is another extraordinary ocean creature which is native to temperate and tropical waters. The average adult’s weight is more than 2,000 lbs and its diet is almost exclusively comprised of jellyfish.
Then we have the ribbon eel and red-lipped batfish, which are both stunningly beautiful, but you would want to keep your distance from them. During their lives, these eels can change their color and sex and can grow to more than 4 ft long. The blobfish, however, may well be the ugliest member of this club. It lives off the coasts of Australia and Tasmania at depths between 2,000 and 4,000 ft.
1. The world’s most gorgeous oceans also contain the world’s most creepy underwater creatures.
2. Distractify has compiled the most nightmare-inducing deep-sea dwellers. Here: the sarcastic fringehead.
3. The water bear is one of the toughest creatures on Earth and is able to survive extreme environments.
4. Spider crabs, which are native to the UK, are covered in spikes and have 10 legs.
5. The Bobbit worm can grow up to sizes of nearly 10 ft long, though the average is just over 3 ft.
6. The Mola mola is the world’s heaviest bony fish and can weigh more than 2,000 lbs.
7. While the rainbow eel may look pretty, the creature can be quite aggressive when called for.
8. The red-lipped batfish is one of the strangest underwater creatures — it can walk on the ocean floor.
9. Blobfish live off the coast of Australia and Tasmania and are very rarely seen by humans — mercifully!
10. Get a glimpse into the mind of the barreleye — literally! It’s head is transparent and brains visible to all.
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