Some Of The Less Known Types Of Deep Sea Animals And Their Characteristics


For a world who thinks they have seen it all, the deep, deep ocean still holds the hope for something new. There are so many less known animals in the depths of the ocean that we hear little or nothing about most times. It is interesting to investigate a few of these creatures and understand them a little better.


The deep-sea lizardfish looks almost like a short snake in water, covered with harpoon-tipped teeth that grasp their prey and don't let go. These teeth are hinged so that they can flattened down when prey is going in and stand up when resisting. With their glowing yellow eyes, the lizardfish is a wonder to behold.

Fangtooth fish is one of the most evil looking ocean predators. It lives in the deep ocean and catches prey by luring them in with glowing light organs called photophores. Fish are attracted to the light and once they are close enough the fangtooth fish catches them in his numerous large teeth.


The blind eels are called blind because they have such small, ineffective eyes. They prey on live or dead fish which they locate through smell. They have circular mouths that they use to suck on their prey. They are also sometimes called slime eels because their skin emits a sticky slime, which is used to suffocate predators by clogging their gills when they attempt to eat the eel.

The giant squid, has been the subject of tall tales for centuries. The only information we have on them comes from finding pieces of their bodies in the stomachs of sperm whales, or those that have been washed up on shore. Another area where their existence is apparent is on the skin of sperm whales where giant sucker scars can be seen after what must be epic battles between the two huge creatures. Giant squid can grow to the size of a school bus or bigger. They are carnivorous and have a long, torpedo shaped body and five pairs of arms. One pair, thinner and longer than the rest, is used to catch food and bring it to the mouth. Just past the mouth are the eyes which get as big as eighteen inches across.


It is interesting to think about what other types of deep sea animals exist that we haven't yet discovered. With modern technology constantly searching for new ways to study the ocean floor, the possibility of finding new creatures becomes more real every day.

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