Deep Sea Creatures are Terrifying


We know so little about the deepest parts of our planet’s oceans that we are constantly learning and discovering more about it. The deepest parts are around seven miles below the surface. It is so dark and unreachable that there could be enormous creatures down there and we’d be none the wiser. The giant squid is probably the most well known creature from the deep, from what we know, they can grow up to around 13m (42.6ft), but this figure could become much higher as we continue to explore. The vastness of our oceans is inconceivable and every creature we’ve found in the deep sea up until now has been pretty weird.  

Gulper Eel

Even regular eels kind of give me the creeps. The Gulper eel, also known as the Pelican eel is an eel from your worst nightmares. There’s something about how wide their mouth opens that’s really quite chilling. They live around two miles below the surface and although they are rarely seen by humans, they do occasionally get caught in fishing nets. Of the Gulper eels we’ve found, we can determine that they can grow up to about a metre in length. 


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Anglerfish truly are the stuff of nightmares. They’ve existed for 100-130 million years and according to our current knowledge, there are 168 species of deep sea anglerfish. They have evolved to use their ‘fishing rod’ attachment as a lamp of sorts in order to hunt in the dark and also to attract a mate. Anglerfish are in the depths of the oceans all over the world, so wherever you live, you’re probably not too far from the waters these spooky fish call home. 

Japanese Spider Crab

Off the coast of Japan, these monsters live as deep as 1000ft below sea level, but often migrate to shallower waters. They can have a leg span of up to 18ft, making them the largest crab that we know of. They can live up to 100 years and survive on a combination of plants and meat. There are rumours of them tearing off the fingers of humans with their incredibly sharp claws. 

Giant Isopod

The giant Isopod exists due to Deep Sea Gigantism. Although we aren’t absolutely certain what causes it, we do know that typical isopods are around 5cm in length whereas giant isopods can grow up to 50cm. Typical isopods aren’t particularly scary, but when they’re this size, their features become clear to see, it very much reminds me of looking at bugs under a microscope. They live at depths up to 7000ft and there are 20 different species of giant isopod. 

Goblin Sharks

Dianne Bray / Museum Victoria

The largest recorded Goblin Shark was 12.6ft in length. Their teeth make them particularly scary. When the goblin shark catches prey, the jaw looks as if it detaches from the rest of the body, It’s truly like something from a horror movie. Goblin sharks are of no threat to humans as they are far too deep in the ocean. If they could reach the shallow depths that humans do, I think we’d all stay out of the water. 

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