The scientists say evolution started in water. Arising from depth some species evolved in complexes beings. In order to survive and adapt to the harsh environs these creatures changed their appearance along the way thus being a part of the evolution that changed their anatomy completely. They are a living proof that nature itself is so unpredictable, surprising us with every new discovery. How would you feel if you met them face to face? Would you stay and stare or would you run? Hopefully you will never have to worry about this because these creatures live deep under the Earth’s surface or far enough from human habitat and despite of their looks some of them are harmless.
In the depths of oceans all around the globe comes lies a little monstrous predator that can produce blue-green light, illuminating its way in its chase for prey. Fish with a lure, could it be more contradictory? The best is yet to come. You know how it is said that this is the world of men? Well it certainly isn’t the case in their world. In their habitat female is the originator. Males couldn’t even live long enough without the female. When found a female becomes his source of life. Biting into her skin and attaching him to her as a parasite. These two become one. His organs and the whole system slowly die, leaving only gonads alive which female uses when she’s ready to reproduce. What’s incredible is that in this way the female can carry the weight of several males on.
2. Tiger Fish
If we have named anglerfish a little monster then this grotesque creature can be named the giant monster. Tiger Fish is a common name for several species that can be identified by their frightening appearance similar to those of piranhas. These toothed fish inhabit lakes and rivers on African continent. Lately most known to public is Goliath Tiger Fish, found in Congo River System. Having all features of predators they are known as very dangerous hunters attacking animals of every size in water or nearby, even humans if tried to be caught. When there’s not enough food they turn to cannibalism.
3. Wolf Fish
Although huge and scary this sea creature is no danger at all. Attacking only when attacked, wolfish is declared as the Species of Concern because of hugely decrease in their population. This rocky bottom resident inhabits cold Arctic waters. Nature took care of this one by providing it with natural antifreeze that their blood contains. Favorite meals for this sea wolf are crabs and urchins that this fish swallows whole and then crushes with its three rows of rough teeth.
4. Goblin Shark
Coming from great depths of waters of Japan this pinky shark is well known for its large snout. It looks like somebody broke into two leaving it totally distorted. It’s assumed that its purpose is finding food in deep waters. Not much of it is known about this rare shark.
5. Basking Shark
Wearing a fearsome name and being totally harmful is almost unbelievable, but here it is, nature’s creation itself -big mouthed shark. This slowly-moving filter feeder loves warm waters.
Good sighted plankton-eater is in constant chase for food.
6. Japanese Spider Crab
Many stories are attached to the world’s long leg arthropod that is not only long legged but also heavy. It is told that he feeds on dead human bodies found in the depth. There’s also a story about its coming to land which causes fear in the local community. Question is how much truth is there? It’s possible that its fearsome look led to the creation of such stories.
This gracious creature generally has dark orange or red body with white spots on its eight legs and two feeding arms. It lives on depth around of 2,000 feet but females come to shallow water when is needed to lay their eggs. In some local restaurants it’s served as a delicacy.
7. Orange Fire Warm
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Warm. Maybe not so weird warm but definitely spectacular. This segmented little fellow lives among the rocks in shallow waters of Florida, Indies and Gulf of Mexico. When touched it can pierce skin with its stings and release a toxin.
8. Lion’s mane Jellyfish
We are going straight to the world of jellyfishes, proudly presenting you with the queen of all jellyfish. This sensational creature is not only the largest one among its population but largest among animals, aside from the blue whale. Famous by its killer role in Sherlock Holmes’s ‘The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane’ but not deadly at all. If you ever get sting by this colored beauty, don’t be afraid, it will only give you a rash or in the worst case allergy. It preys on zooplankton, small fish and moon jellies.
9. Crown-of-thorns Starfish
Fully represented by its name, armed with venomous thorns it is a true solider who hunts alone. Not only that it has poisonous thorns but also enzymes that are produce in its stomach and is like acid for corals on which it preys on. This creature is capable to starve for six months, using energy reserved for survival. Nature was good to this colorful barbed star and gave it the power to regenerate by creating completely new sea stars.
10. Brain Coral
It looks as if somebody took a brain from an animal and planted it below the sea surface. Many people would say that this coral is a plant but it’s actually an animal with an incredible way of reproduction. Sole coral is able to release thousands of male and female sex cells, eggs and sperms leaving them to find their own way to each other. When they meet they create a pink coral larva (planula). Surviving swimmers grow in order to make coral colonies. This is just one way aside from many different ways in which this creature reproduces.