While spooky season is over for most of us above sea level, there is no end to the spookiness down below. Just looking at photos of some of these monsters has us terrified to even take a bath ever again. Let’s not waste a second more, and get into these sea monsters that are sure to haunt you.
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While the name sea pig sounds pretty endearing, these little monsters are not. Okay, we’ve never been up close and personal with one, so we don’t actually know, but we do know they are a type of sea cucumber and they can be found in groups of hundreds crawling along the seafloor.
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Cool name, but terrifying to look at. The black dragonfish not only looks like an alien but has razor-sharp teeth to boot. And if you find yourself deep in the sea trying to avoid this creature, good luck with that, they produce their own light, demanding attention.
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With a name like hagfish, you know it’s going to get weird. Hagfish are widely known for having an interesting diet, consisting of decaying carcasses of other sea creatures; and since they lack jaws, they kinda just burrow into them and slurp them up. Hagfish are also commonly known as slime eels because, in an attempt to keep predators away, they produce a slimy goop.
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Fangtooth fish are deep-sea dwellers, thankfully, and much like their name implies, they have massive teeth. A “fun” fact about fangtooth fish, is they can swallow prey whole; however while their mouths are full, they are unable to pump water over their gill as effectively, so while they’re consuming their victims, they have the ability to create space between their gills and fan water with their pectoral fins.
Japanese Spider Crab
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The most daunting details of Japanese spider crabs lie in their size; these creatures grow to be roughly 12 feet, with their bodies coming in at 15 inches wide and upwards of 44 pounds. While they can be difficult to catch, because again, deep-sea dwellers, they are considered a delicacy in Asia.
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Unfortunately grenadier fish are common among sea life, so think about that the next time you SWEAR something just brushed your leg. (Okay, okay.. again, these are deep-sea dwellers, we’re just being dramatic.) So not only do these creatures look the way they do, but they also emit strong odor due to the high levels of Trimethylamine oxide, which is the amino that gives fish their extra fishy smell.