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The deeper you go beneath the waves, the weirder the sea creatures get. Once you get down to the eternal darkness and humanly unbearable pressure, they’re the stuff of nightmares. Why this is so, we can only speculate. Frankly, we prefer just to stay topside.
Giant Tube Worms
Neither darkness nor cold nor pressure nor even vents spewing vile chemicals will stop these tube Worms from thriving, They love the extremes.
In case you were wondering, the Pacific viperfish is only about 8 inches long, so despite how frightening they look, if you find yourself 13,000 feet beneath the waves you’ll have bigger problems.
Giant Spider Crab
These long-leggedy beasts are the largest arthropods we know of on Earth. They live in the waters off Japan.
Six-gill sharks are sometimes as long as 16 feet long, so you don’t really want to run into one, but you really don’t if your a seal, ray, crab, squid or simply a smaller shark.
Atlantic Wolf Fish
Wolf fish live up to 1,600 feet deep and get to be up to 5 feet long – long enough to make you nervous – but they’d rather eat a crab or a sea urchin.
Why do fish that live so deep – up to 16,500 feet in this case – so often have such freaked out teeth? It must be mean down there.
Frilled sharks’ vaguely eel-like shape is reminiscent of ancient, prehistoric sharks that used to try to bite dinosaur butt. It’s rare to find them in shallow waters, so this one must have gotten lost.
Vampire squid live 10,000 feet below the ocean surface, so you aren’t likely to run into one of them. And if you did, they’re actually quite small. ‘Whew!’ and double ‘Whew!’