Marianas Trench Home To Some Very Odd Creatures

By  | June 12, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

The Mariana Trench, located in the Pacific Ocean, is the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans, and actually the deepest part of Earth itself. It’s no surprise that there are thousands of interesting species living there, and many of them are unique to the Marianas Trench and you’ll never see anywhere else.

Eleven of the oddest of the odd living in the Marianas Trench:

Hatchetfish

Hatchetfish

Hatchetfish are deep-sea fish that are not exclusive to the Mariana Trench, but are still odd-looking. The hatchetfish are special creatures because they are capable of producing their own light, which helps them escape from predators.

 

Frilled sharks

Frilled sharks

Frilled sharks are one of the oldest species around and they lurk in the depths of the Mariana Trench. They’re hard to spot, which makes them terrifying to prey when they use their snake-like bodies to sneak around.

 

Footballfish

Footballfish

Footballfish are deep-sea anglers that live in the Mariana Trench. They look like a football, thus the name. The lure on the top of their heads is what attracts their prey, which they then quickly snap up with their fierce jaws.

 

Dragonfish

Dragonfish

If for some reason you find yourself at the depths of the Mariana Trench, you’ll spot the dragonfish thanks to its own bio-luminescence. Their distinctive flashing chin barbell helps lure both prey and potential mates, so beware.

 

Blobfish

Blobfish

You’ll be surprised to know that when the blobfish is in water, it looks nothing like this gelatinous blob. It’s a deep-sea fish that lives in the deep waters and has been spotted in the Mariana Trench.

 

Barreleye

Barreleye

Barreleyes get their name from their barrel-shaped eyes that are directed upwards to detect their prey. They’re been found at depths of 2,000 feet and have highly sensitive eyes.

 

Viperfish

Viperfish

The teeth of this creepy fish, Viperfish,  are so long they can’t even fit in its mouth. Instead, they curve toward the eyes. Though they look pretty scary, the viperfish are actually tiny creatures, measuring up to about 12 inches in length.

 

Goblin Shark

Goblin Shark

The Goblin Shark is down-right terrifying, if you couldn’t tell from the .gif. They measure up to 13 feet long and can weigh up to 463 pounds. These scary sharks can pretty much swallow anything whole.

 

Dumbo Octopus

Dumbo Octopus

The adorable ear-like fins are why it earned this type of octopus the nickname of “Dumbo.” they live at extreme depths of 10,000 feet and snack on worms and other crustaceans at the sea floor. They’re pretty cute, but still bizarre.

 

ping-pong_tree_sponge

Ping-Pong Tree Sponge

The Ping-Pong Tree Sponge may look harmless, but it’s actually a carnivorous sponge. Its entire body is covered in tiny hairs that can hook any small creature that passes by. Once caught, the cells in the sponge move towards the prey and digest it. Creepy.

 

Sea Nut

Sea Nut

The sea nut is typically found at the top 50 meters in the ocean, but are still bio-luminescent creatures. They use their colorful tentacles to grab small organisms and bring it to their mouths with little resistance.

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