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These 34 Rare Sea Animals Seem To Come From Another World… Amazing!

by Julia Lynn Rubin

We have only explored five percent of our planet’s oceans, meaning that there are still millions of species left for us to discover. Here are some of the strangest, and the most beautiful alien-like creatures that seem to come from another world.

No matter how comprehensive a collection we presented to you, we’d only be scratching the surface. A massive 95% of the world’s ocean has yet to be explored. There’s no telling what’s lurking in the rest of the waters that man has yet to conquer.

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Tardigrades

Tardigrades

Also known as “water bears,” these incredible, microscopic animals can survive in all of the Earth’s extreme conditions, and even in outer space!

Siphonophore

Siphonophore

Siphonophores are composed of medusoid and polypoid zooids that are morphologically and functionally specialized.

Frilled Shark

Frilled Shark

With its many primitive features, this rare shark is often called a “living fossil.”

Goose Barnacle

Goose Barnacle

No one seems to know what this is or where it came from, and it shocked vacationers when it washed up on the Gower Peninsula in Wales back in 2010. Six-feet-long and covered in shells, this goose barnacle is certainly a strange sight to behold.

Pink Sea-Through Fantasia

Pink Sea-Through Fantasia

Only recently discovered, this incredible creature is a free swimming cucumber found in the Celebes Sea, a remote area of the western Pacific Ocean.

Christmas Tree Worm

Christmas Tree Worm

These are tube-building polychaete worms have multicolored spirals that serve as feeding and respiration structures.

Marrus Orthocanna

Marrus Orthocanna

This colonial animal is composed of a complex arrangement of zooids, some of which are polyps and some medusae. At its front is an orange-colored, gas-filled float that looks like fire.

Dumbo Octopus

Dumbo Octopus

An umbrella octopus that lives in the deep sea, the Dumbo octopus has ear-like fins and can live up to 23,000 feet below sea level.

Viperfish

Viperfish

These creepy deep sea creatures are one of the ocean’s fiercest predators, using their fang-like teeth to immobilize their prey.

Australian Ghost Shark

Australian Ghost Shark

Also known as an elephant fish, whitefish, or plownose chimaera, this shark is found off southern Australia, including Tasmania, and south of East Cape and Kaipara Harbour in New Zealand.

Basket Star

Basket Star

These brittle stars generally are found in deep sea habitats and can live up to 35 years in the wild.

Vampire Squid

Vampire Squid

This small, deep-sea cephalopod lives in lightless depths up to 3,000 feet below sea level and is able to live and breathe normally in a remote habitat known as the as the oxygen minimum zone (OMZ).

Whale Shark

Whale Shark

This slow-moving filter feeder shark resembles a whale but is actually fish, and can live up to 70 years in the wild.

Goblin shark

Goblin shark

These sharks are rare and poorly understood, with a fascinating lineage of around 125 million years.

Torquaratorid hemichordate

Torquaratorid hemichordate

This deep-sea creature is part of the Ptychopteridae family.

Mystery Creature

Mystery Creature

Deep Sea Jellyfish

Deep Sea Jellyfish

Deep sea jellyfish come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and are found in every ocean in the world.

Phronima sedentaria

Phronima sedentaria

Known as as a pram bug, this species of amphipod crustacean lives in depths of up to .6 feet.

Narwhal

Narwhal

No, they’re not swimming unicorns, but they certainly look like ones! Those long, nerve-filled tusks help the narwhal better sense its environment.

Mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimp

These bizarre and colorful-looking shrimp have 12 color receptors in their eyes, as compared to the three we humans possess.

Promachoteuthis sulcus

Promachoteuthis sulcus

Yes, those are chompers you’re seeing on this deep sea squid, which was found 6,000 feet below sea level by a German research vessel in the southern Atlantic ocean.

Roughback batfish

Roughback batfish

My, what lovely lips you have! The roughback batfish lives off the western coast of the Atlantic Ocean and grows up to 3.9 inches in length.

Pigbutt worm

Pigbutt worm

This charming fellow that grows to about the size of a marble lives 3,000 feet below sea level.

Blobfish

Blobfish

With a face only a mother could love, the blobfish is a lazy blob of a fish that eats whatever swims by, and was dubbed the “World’s Ugliest Animal” in 2013.

Mola Mola

Mola Mola

Also known as the Ocean Sunfish, this terrifying animal weighs an average of a whopping 2,200 pounds.

Barreleye Fish

Barreleye Fish

This spooky fish can, Exorcist-like, rotate its eyes within its transparent head, and yes, you can see its brain.

Sarcastic Fringehead

Sarcastic Fringehead

Despite its goofy name, there’s nothing funny about this fish. They use their massive, gaping mouths to wrestle with other fish over territory.

Anglerfish

Anglerfish

This scary guy terrorized youngsters in a memorable scene from Finding Nemo. It uses its light-producing organ to lure in prey, and to reproduce, males lose their digestive systems which then attach to the females as feed off of them, parasite-like.

Northern Stargazer

Northern Stargazer

This living nightmare burrows in the sand and then electrocutes fish and crustaceans that happen to pass by before swallowing them whole.

Giant Isopod

Giant Isopod

Like a cockroach of the ocean (but not related to cockroaches), the Giant Isopod can grow up to 16 inches long in deep waters due to a phenomenon known as “deep sea gigantism.”

Tongue-Eating Louse

Tongue-Eating Louse

This horrifying monstrosity enters fish through their gills and sucks all of the blood from their tongues until the tongue falls out. Noooo….

Terrible Claw Lobster

Terrible Claw Lobster

These technicolor lobsters were just discovered in 2007. Imagine all of the species in the ocean we still don’t know about…

Pacific Blackdragon

Pacific Blackdragon

This monster from the underworld can grow up to two feet in length, but only the females. The males only grow up to three inches long and die immediately after mating.

Chimaera

Chimaera

Also aptly known as the ghost shark or spookfish, these guys are believed to be the oldest known fish in existence, having split from sharks nearly 400 million years ago.

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