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Odd-Looking Marine Animals (You Never Knew Existed)

July 21, 2008
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10 creatures, each one step short of an alien life form
They exist. Don’t ask “why”, just accept their unbelievable strangeness and the
fact that other surreal creatures (who knows how many!) may inhabit the oceanic
depths, of which we have only explored a tiny fraction.
1. Leafy Sea Dragon
Whatever you do, don’t put it in your salad.

2. Umbrella Mouth Gulper Eel
Here is a creature from the underwater gates of hell.

The umbrella mouth gulper eel
(eurypharynx pelecanoides) can open its “umbrella mouth” to pelican-like
proportion, accommodating prey much larger than its size.

3. Firefly Squid
This squid sees the world in color. And it makes deep-blue pretty light itself.

4. Viperfish
Now we come to the section featuring deep sea beauties

The viperfish (chauliodus
sloani) is can grow to over half a meter in size

Here is an angler fish – with its stomach in its mouth

5. Fangtooth, or Ogre Fish

6. Hatchetfish

7. Christmas-Tree Worm

8. Giant Basket Star

9. Furry Sea Cucumber

10. Flamingo Tongue Snail

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