Many weird, creepy and colorful animals lurk in the deep sea- some that you simply need to see to believe! There are so many cool creatures living in the earth’s oceans that it is believed humans have only discovered and explored 5% of them- this means that there are many weird and wild animals still left to discover that may look like something out of your wildest dreams.
1, Christmas Tree Worm
The Christmas Tree Worm is a beautiful creature that looks like a plastic decoration for a small gold fish take. The Christmas tree worm is a colorful creature that has tree-like crowns that radiate from their central spine. They come in many colors including orange, yellow, blue and white. Christmas tree worms are not very big- averaging 1.5 inches in length. They have appendages that they use to breathe and catch prey. Christmas tree worms generally eat microscopic plants and are stationary- meaning that once they find a place that they like they do not move very often. They hide from predators by hiding in the burrows that they anchor themselves with.
2. Sea Cucumber
A sea cucumber is an extremely strange-looking creature. It looks like a mix a soggy cucumber and an oversized slug. Sea cucumbers have leathery skin and an elongated body. They are found on the bottom of the sea all over the world. Sea cucumbers are echinoderms and they eat tiny sea particles through their mouth tentacles. Sea cucumbers discharge sticky threads or mutilate their bodies when they feel scared. These weird-looking sea creatures can breed sexually or asexually.
3. Clown Frogfish
The Clown Frogfish is weird-looking but cute at the same time! There are a variety of different frogfish which all look different and come in a variety of colors. A clown frogfish is not actually a type of frogfish- it is actually a juvenile warty frogfish. The frogfish can easily camouflage and blend in with their surroundings. The frogfish spends a lot of time being stationary- but sometimes when they move they will jump-using their mouth to suck in water and their gills to propel themselves- talk about a jump-start!
4. Leafy Seadragon
The Leafy Sea Dragon looks like something you might find in a gourmet salad. The leafy sea dragon earned the “leafy” part of its name because it appears to be part of a plant with its leaf-like appearance. This is a well-designed way that they can be camouflaged from potential predators that also lurk deep down in the sea. The leafy sea dragon is about 8 inches long and generally remains still for long periods of time. They do not have very much stamina and can even die due to exhaustion.
5. Sea Pen
The Sea Pen is a truly beautiful part of the magical sea floor. A sea pen is a type of soft coral that is found in the dark parts of the water. Sea pens are made up of polyp colonies that work together to survive. Sea pens come in a variety of different colors including orange, white and purple. Sea pens emit greenish light when they are disturbed- they can even deflate and retract into their base.
The Atlantic Wolffish goes by many names including seawolf, ocean catfish, wolf eel and seat cat, but no matter what name you use, this is a weird-looking sea creature. The Atlantic Wolffish produces their own antifreeze that allows their blood to flow easily in the cold waters. Atlantic wolffish are stationary and hide out in small nooks and caves waiting for prey to go by.
Sea spiders are truly what nightmares are made of-especially the big ones! Sea spiders range in size from less than an inch in size to 35 inches in size. There are over 1,300 known species of sea spiders. Sea spiders feed in a strange way-they will suck the body juices out of other marine animals including juicy sea sponges and sea squirts.