Pretty Cool And Kind Of Scary Facts About Ocean Creatures
We all wonder what alien life might look like, but there are some strange creatures swimming in our oceans that are more bizarre than anything Hollywood has imagined. About 71 percent of the surface of the Earth is covered in water and we are still only beginning to discover the incredible biodiversity and unusual denizens of the oceans. Ocean life and sea animals are full of surprises, and there are all kinds of cool fish (and a few scary ones) living in the ocean.
What fascinating fish facts should you know about the many creatures of the ocean depths? Did you know that until 2013, no one had ever recorded a video of a giant squid alive? The coelacanth was thought to be extinct for millions of years until one was caught alive in 1938. There are also an array of alien-like jellyfish and terrifying deep-sea monsters that look like something out of a horror movie.
So what is the weirdest, wildest ocean creature alive? Believe it or not, all the ocean animals and fish below are 100% real. Vote up the most interesting and maybe slightly scary facts about ocean life below!
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The Pacific Viperfish Has Teeth So Big That It Can't Close Its MouthPhoto: Haplochromis / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
The sinister-looking Pacific viperfish has teeth so large that it can't close its mouth. These eight-inch hunters troll depths of up to 13,000 feet and lure prey to them with their bioluminescent bellies.
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The Sarcastic Fringehead Looks Like the Predator MoviePhoto: Wikistudent348 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
Do you remember the scary jaws of the Predator in the Predator movies? The sarcastic fringehead could very well be the inspiration. These big mouths hide on the ocean floor and engage in "mouth wrestling" when fighting each other for territory.
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The Fangtooth Fish Has the Largest Teeth Proportionate to Body Size
The fearsome fangtooth fish has the largest teeth, proportionate to body size, of any fish. This deep-sea fish swims at crushing depths of up to 16,500 feet in icy cold water. They are only six inches long, but a lot of that is teeth.
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The Goblin Shark Can Protrude Its Nail-like Teeth ForwardVideo: YouTube
The aptly named goblin shark lives at great depth and rarely comes into contact with humans, so you can relax. Its nail-like teeth are encased in a jaw that can protrude forward, sort of like a xenomorph from the Alien movies.
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The Frilled Shark Is Built Like an Eel, the Better to Strike Its PreyPhoto: An Ocean for Sharks / Facebook
The frilled shark is called a "living fossil" for reasons that are apparent if you have two working eyes. It's often mistaken for an eel, but it's built that way so it can strike at prey like a snake.
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The Bobbit Worm Can Split a Fish in Two
The burrowing bobbit worm can grow to a length of 10 feet. It attacks with such force that it can split a fish in half. If that's not terrifying enough, it also injects a toxin meant to make its prey more digestible.