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Jan 16 2015

Top 5 Creepiest Deep Sea Creatures

5. The Blob Fish

Found off the coast of Australia, this blob of pink gelatin dwells in depths between 2,000 and 3,900 feet.  The unique make up of this fish allows it to float just above the ocean floor without having to use energy.  Containing little muscle mass, the blob fish survives by swallowing edible particles that float around near it.

Blob Fish

4.  Finned Octopus

Found at depths between 3,000 and 4,000 feet, little is known about the Grimpoteuthis genus, which contains seventeen different species octopi.  These unique-looking creatures are easily identified by the fins on top of their heads, which they use more than their tentacles for transportation.

finned octopus

3. The Magnapinna Squid
Very little is known about this nightmarish creature, which is also referred to as the big-fin squid. Reaching lengths of up to twenty feet, it is also sometimes called the long-armed squid.  The Magnapinna squid is found in the ocean at depths beyond a mile, making it very rare to spot. Since its discovery, very few of this species have been caught and examined, leaving the exact biological information about these squid undetermined.

long-arm deep-sea squid

2. The Vampire Squid
This squid gets its name from its strange looking appearance which symbolizes a vampire, specifically its red eyes and webbed legs that form what looks like a cloak around its body. Sharing commonalities with both squids and octopi, this species is the only surviving member within its order, the Vampyromorphida.  The vampire squid resides in depths of the ocean between 2,000 and 3,000 feet, where very few other creatures can sustain life because of the extremely low oxygen saturation.

Vampire Squid

1. Venus flytrap sea anemone
With excessive tentacles to catch prey as it drifts by and to defend itself, this creature will rarely moves on its own. Found in depths between 3,300 and 6,000 feet, the venus flytrap sea anemone resides in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of West Africa in parts where currents are strong.

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