In September 2013, the blobfish had made headlines as the Ugly Animal Preservation Society introduced the world’s ugliest animals. The blobfish or scientifically known as the Psychrolutes Marcus, a species that lives at great depths topped the list of the most bizarre-looking marine creatures.
The pacu fish also made it into this list, this fish is akin to the piranha but with human-like teeth. See the other eight underwater animals that will haunt your nightmares.
Blobfish inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as the waters of New Zealand. The gelatine-like body of the blobfish allows it to float above the sea floor without exerting energy on swimming.
They are one of those endangered sea creatures that are often caught as bycatch in bottom trawling nets. Because of its odd features, the blobfish was voted the “World’s Ugliest Animal”, in September 2013.
9- Pacu fish
Pacu fish , this omnivorous freshwater fish are related to the piranha and live in the waters of South America. The pacu fish and piranha differs only with how the structure of their teeth. Piranha has pointed, razor-sharp teeth, whereas pacu have squarer, straighter teeth, like a human. Piranha is quite smaller in size compared to the pacu fish.
8- Sarcastic fringehead
Neoclinus blanchardi, is a ferocious fish which has a large mouth and aggressive territorial behavior from which it has been given its common name. This creature is commonly known as “Sarcastic fringehead”, which is found in depth range from 3 to 73 metres (9.8 to 239.5 ft). This fish inhabits the Pacific, off the coast of North America, from San Francisco, California, to central Baja California.
7- Black dragonfish
Dragonfish inhabits the deep sea, and is known for its protruded jaw and giant, fang-like teeth. It lives in the harsh deep sea with little or no food, and its fang-like teeth is a major factor in surviving the depths of the sea. “Fang-tooth” grow up to 60 feet (15 cm), it can hardly harm larger animals, but the fish is a fierce hunter.
The seawolf or Atlantic catfish, is a marine fish, the largest of the family Anarhichadidae. Its natural antifreeze ability helps keep its blood moving fluidly in its very cold habitat in the Atlantic.
The Atlantic wolffishes are rapidly being depleted, due to overfishing and bycatch. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, these species are currently on the brink of extinction.
5- Promachoteuthis sulcus
Promachoteuthis sulcus, a species of small squids with nuchal fusion between the head and mantle, has a much larger size of flexible limbs and has a greater width of tentacle base. Some call this type of squid as a “squid with teeth”. There is only one specimen found for this rare species.
Angler fish is a bony fish with a fleshy growth from its head (the esca or illicium) that acts as a lure in preying. Male anglerfish is usually smaller than female anglerfish. The female anglerfish has a luminescent esca. This “fishing rod” lures the prey in dark deep-sea environments, and also serves to call male attention to the female to facilitate mating.
3- Vampire squid
This small, deep-sea cephalopod, most commonly known as the Vampire squid, is often found throughout the temperate and tropical oceans of the earth. It has a unique retractile sensory filaments which shares similarities with the octopuses. This rare squid is the only surviving member of its kind and was first described and originally classified as an octopus in 1903 by German teuthologist Carl Chun.
2- Deep sea hatchet fish
The deep-sea hatchetfish is a small ray-finned fish that inhabits the “twilight zone” of the deep tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. They should not be confused with the freshwater hatchetfishes. Unlike the deep-see hatchetfishes, freshwater hatchetfishes are usually found in the surface waters of Panama and South America.
1- Northern stargazer
Astroscopus guttatus or the Northern Stargazer is a fish that can reach lengths of 22in (56 cm) and are located on the east coast of the United States. This flat-forehead fish can be found up to depths of 120 ft (36 m). It buries itself in the sand and waits for smaller fishes to come by, to feed on them.