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Top 10 CREEPY DEEP SEA Creatures Recently Discovered
85 percent of the world’s oceans remain unexplored, and do you know what that means? It means that
there are still a lot of creepy creatures down there, both big and small, yet to be discovered. That’s why
marine biologists are constantly exploring the deep, to bring these animals to light. Today we will be
looking at the scariest creatures scientists have recently managed to dredge up from the deep. Make
sure you stay tuned for number one. It might look cute, but I find the place it chooses to lay its eggs
quite disturbing. Here are 10 creepy deep sea creatures recently discovered.
Number 10. The Ninja Lantern Shark
Scientists have just discovered a new species of shark, and when I say “just” I actually mean a couple of
years ago, one with jet-black skin, bulbous eyes, and special cells that allow it to glow in the dark. They
call it the Ninja Lanternshark.
It was officially named after Peter Benchly, author of Jaws, but not because he was a ninja. Its scientific
name is Etmopterus benchleyi. This shark uses photophores in its skin to produce a faint glow in the
deep, dark ocean. Scientists believe the animals, which can grow to about half a meter in length, use this
cloaking ability to blend in with the limited light penetrating the ocean’s depths and appear invisible
from below. This helps them sneak up on small fish and shrimp while also avoiding becoming lunch for
How it got its common name is quite amusing. It was brought about a scientist working on the shark had
a discussion with kids about the lantern shark, telling them how stealthy it was. This super stealth,
combined with the animal’s sleek, black appearance led the kids to suggest naming it the “Super Ninja
Shark.” Fortunately, the scientist was able to convince the kids to scale the name back a little or her
colleagues might not take her seriously.
Number 9. The Dusky Snout Catshark
Another shark of the genus Bythaelurus, the largest family of sharks with about 160 species, has been
discovered a couple of years ago on seamounts in the southwestern Indian Ocean: The Dusky snout
catshark. This new discovery was named after its prominent dark dusky snout in contrast to its uniform
light grey brown body.
It is by far the largest of all known catshark species, with males reaching around 22 inches in length and
females at about 20 inches. They also have the greatest range of any deep water shark specie and can
be found in waters as deep as 4800 feet and as shallow as 292 feet.
As for the reason why it made on to this list, well, aside from one of the latest shark species to be
discovered, just look at that face. You’d have to have nerves of steel if you don’t shudder when you see
one of these frightening creatures swimming right at you, no matter how small they are compared to
other, more popular sharks. There’s something about its coloration, weird body proportions, and that
unnatural grin that gives me the creeps.
Number 8. The Mariana Trench Jellyfish
The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the ocean, and is also one of the most rarely explored. That’s
why with every foray into this dark abyss, scientists always find new, amazing, and often creepy looking
creatures. Take this next entry on our list for instance.
Not much is known about this jellyfish caught on video by a deep sea submersible sent down to the
depths of the Mariana Trench. Since its discovery, it has only been called the Mariana Trench Jellyfish.
It6 was found by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s ship Okeanos Explorer and its
ROV Deep Discoverer on the Enigma Seamount near the Mariana Trench. It was discovered floating 2.3
miles beneath the surface of the water.
At that depth, there is virtually no sunlight, so animals living down there had to adapt. Most of them,
like this new jellyfish, are able to produce its own light using light producing cells called photophores.
There’s something eerie about how this jellyfish produces its light though, the light actually makes it
look like a UFO floating around in the dark water. If seeing that doesn’t creep you out, I don’t know what
Number 7. The Pacific Blackdragon
The Pacific blackdragon is a deep-sea predator that lives in the deep waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean
from about 700 to 3300 feet deep. Though they spend most of their time in these deep waters, Pacific
blackdragons are known to migrate toward the surface, at night following their preferred prey of small
crustaceans and other fishes.
Original Author: Produced by Top 5 Best and published on 10/09/2020 Source