5 Weirdest Sea Creatures

Friday, 22 Oct 2010 11:40 AM

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Three fourths of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. This water provides 100 times more living space than land, which includes many forms of ocean animals, like a wide variety of weird sea creatures. One of the greatest wonders of our planet is the large diversity of sea creatures, particularly deep-sea animals, many of which are still not identified, as they are numerous in number and variety.

The ocean provides a habitat for a large group of sea animals, including some weird sea creatures. These creatures include:

Vampire squid:
These are deep-sea animals found only in the aphotic zone of the ocean. It is called aphotic because light cannot penetrate to that zone of the ocean. Ocean animals belonging to the group of cephalopods are very tiny, only 6 inches tall. It has been discovered that these deep-sea animals are able to turn themselves inside out to protect themselves from predatory sea creatures. These weird sea creatures are able to survive at such depths because their blue blood can bind and carry oxygen more efficiently even in low-oxygen environments. Their metabolic rate is very low, compared to other cephalopods. The Vampire squid carries out another bizarre activity. It produces flashes of light for a second to a few minutes, produced by photophores, the light producing organs present in this unique animal.

Blobfish:
These weird sea creatures might appear highly unattractive to many of us. They look like a blob of pale flesh or a gooey gelatinous mass with round bluish eyes. These are deep-sea animals found in the coastal regions of Australia and Tasmania. The weird thing is that they are almost devoid of muscles because their body density is lower than water. They can float above the sea ground even when the pressure of water is extremely high.

Leafy sea dragon:
These cute but weird sea animals look like floating seaweed and are found along the Australian coastline. Their body is covered with long leaf-like protrusions that serve as camouflage so that the predatory or prey ocean animals cannot identify them.

Giant Isopod:
These deep-sea creatures are found at a depth of 6,000 feet under the sea. The giant crustaceans look like prehistoric sea animals mostly feeding on dead squids, whales, etc. The low temperature of the deep sea leads to a longer lifespan, resulting in indeterminate growth of the body.

Frilled Shark:
These weird sea animals were thought to be extinct until 2007 when someone observed these frilled sharks alive. These sea creatures do not look like a typical shark, and are often mistaken for a giant eel. They have a large fluffy tailfin and feed mostly on squid.

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