We live on a blue planet. A whole 71 per cent of it is covered in water and every sea is absolutely teeming with life. Life began in the ocean and some of the first vertebrates to exist were fish. There’s still so much we don’t know about sub aquatic biology. The suffocating shadows of the sea floor are even more remote and inaccessible than the dark side of the moon. Meanwhile, the pressure is capable of pulverising even the most resilient surveying equipment. Who knows what might be going on down there?
There are hundreds of species of underwater animal that seem to defy belief. More alien than anything we could find on land. So when you look at the Twitter account of Roman Fedortsov, a Russian deep sea fisherman who has taken to documenting his strange and slimy finds, you’ll never want to go back into the water. Scroll down to take a look at some of the scariest creatures of the sea… if you dare.
1. A monstrous eel
2. A nine-sided starfish
3. A horrifying sea scorpion
4. An inside-out fish
If you think these weird beasts are bad, wait until you see what we’ve got lined up on the next page: phallic worms, creepy-crawly spiders and one creature that’s so odd-looking that I can’t even describe it. It’s like the elephant man of the fish world. Flick over to page two if you want to scare yourself sleepless.
5. These Freudian leeches
6. What the hell is this thing?
7. One ugly mother
8. Hate to break it to you, but the sea is filled with spiders
These fish inhabit the “twilight zone” of the ocean – also called the Mesopelagic – which extends from a depth of 200 to 1,000 metres (roughly 660 to 3,300 feet). Below the Mesopelagic is the bathyal zone, which spans from 1,000 to 4,000 metres (3,300 to 13,000 feet) and at this point, there’s no sunlight at all. For more sub aquatic horror, flick over to page three.
9. Check out the teeth on this guy!
10. This is just a nightmare
11. This one’s just kind of goofy
12. Looks a bit like my ex
13. Is this coral or a squid?
14. These fish just look ugly AF
15. “Give us a kiss!”
So next time you’re out on a trawler and you cast your hook out into the blue rolling waves, do so with trepidation. After all, you never know what kind of creature you might end up reeling in. One freaked-out fisherman recently discovered a fish off the coast of the Caribbean that had a human nose and weird feet. Urgh!