Terrifying Sea Life Photos: Proof That the Ocean is Scarier Than Space

If you’re anything like me, you find deep dark waters terrifying. The thought alone of being lost at sea (cut to Tom Hanks in ‘Castaway’ when he was on the raft) makes me want to stop living. But anyway, that there’s an actual term for that fear – Thalassophobia, which is an intense and persistent fear of the sea or of sea travel.

People swimming by a big wave with large seaweed in it

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There are too many reasons for why the ocean is scarier than any other place on the planet. According to the National Ocean Service, more than 80% of the world’s oceans are “unmapped, unobserved, aמd unexplored.” … Um!?

From terrifyingly large sea life to way too close encounters with lethal sea life, these photos will make you develop a fear of the ocean if you don’t have one yet.

Deep Blue Fear

Meet the whale, the biggest of all the animals on the planet. Whales swim around happily in the ocean, but their sheer size is what makes them, and this picture specifically, utterly terrifying. And I have to know if this little boat and the people on it had any idea what they were floating above!

A boat floating above a large whale

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Blue whales can grow to lengths of over 100 feet and can weigh more than 180 tons when they’re fully mature. To give you some perspective, blue whales can grow to be as long as a Boeing 737 plane!

A Giant Octopus/Alien

Ok, so I’ve always thought that the ocean is like a mirror of space in a way. Just like how the universe and space are infinite, so is the ocean (almost). And not just that. The lack of gravity and the utter blackness of deep water is too similar. And the creatures you find in the sea are straight out of sci-fi movies!

A diver next to a large octopus

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Here’s your proof. This octopus easily looks like an alien from outer space. What’s scarier is that this octopus isn’t even the largest. The Giant Pacific Octopus grow up to lengths of 16 feet and weigh as much as 110 pounds! The largest ever recorded set the bar at 30 feet and weighed more than 600 pounds.

My Heart Just Stopped

I truly can’t understand how this man is smiling in this photo and not crying in fear. This humongous millipede looking this is called a giant isopod. And if you ask me, I’d rather spend a week alone in the desert with no water than hold this thing.

A man holding a giant isopod

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Giant Isopods aren’t related to insects, but they look like pill bugs on major steroids. These massive crustaceans can grow up to two and a half feet in length. If it helps to know, they’re harmless. They’re found at the bottom of the ocean and eat other deep-sea animals have already died.

The Largest Jellyfish Known to Humans

Most people see the small and beautiful jellyfish that glow all their pretty colors. But jellyfish are not one size fits all, so to speak. Some species grow to be humongous. Like the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, for instance, which achieve bell diameters of over 2 meters and tentacles that can trail as long as 30 meters or more!

Diver next to a giant jellyfish

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I have yet to be stung by a jellyfish (fingers crossed). And most people get stung by those small ones that look like plastic bags. I hear the pain sucks, but it’s bearable. So can you just imagine being stung by this monster?

He Has No Idea

Of all the many sharks that inhabit the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this particular species of shark prefers shallow, inshore waters. What does that mean? It means kayaking has become your worst nightmare.

A man in a kayak with a shark behind him

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All I can say is no thanks! I’ve seen ‘Jaws’ and too many horror flicks to know what happens next. And remember what I said about being in the desert for a week with no water? I’ll take that over this any day.

Dragon Fish aka the Sea’s Bogeyman

The Dragonfish are found at depths of about 2km, and they actually start their lives at the surface of the ocean because their eggs float. Like many other deep sea creatures, it eventually produces its own light using a method known as bioluminescence when it descends deeper and deeper.

Dragonfish

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Again; space aliens! That kind of ability is something that only aliens would “typically” have. One of its light-producing photophores can be found on the spot attached to its lower jaw, which it most likely used for hunting. How wonderful.

The Ocean’s Anaconda

If there are any divers out there who have a fear of snakes (which is called Ophidiophobia by the way), they would be sadly mistaken if they think they’re safe when diving in the ocean. Why? Because they live in the sea too!

Anaconda at the bottom of the sea

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While these enormous snakes do mainly live on land, they also, unfortunately, live in the ocean. As for this ocean photographer, no fear of snakes nor water is stopping him. He wants an awesome photo, and he achieved it.

The Basking Shark

It may come as a relief to know that these basking sharks actually don’t feed on people. Instead, they feed on planktons. But regardless of what they eat, a mouth like that is nothing short of frightening.

Basking shark

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Even if I know that they don’t eat humans, if that thing with a mouth like that came swimming next to me, I would probably just die out of fear right there in the water. There’s no way I can outswim this beast.

Giant Eels You Say?

Okay, so this photo has made its way around the web, and everyone’s saying they’re massive eels, basically just lurking in the waters and waiting to prey on those surfers. But that’ not really the case, thankfully.

People swimming by a big wave with large seaweed in it

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The truth is that those eel-like things are kelp, which is a kind of algae seaweed. But listen, it’s perfectly natural to see this and feel the need to run for the hills. If you ask me, personally, I really don’t believe them. I still think they’re eels.

Stay Calm

Or at least try to. Hats off to this swimmer, who is remaining yogi calm while floating (in a position that I didn’t know was possible) next to a gigantic stingray. And as scary and large as this stingray in the photo is, others have been caught and documented to be much bigger.

A swimmer floating next to a stingray

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Back in 2015, a stingray weighing 800 pounds was the largest freshwater fish ever caught by a rod and line. The stingray came in at a measured length of 14 feet and a width of 8 feet. It took them about two hours to reel in. Two hours!

A Stargazer Fish

What looks like the creepiest sand art creation is actually what they call a stargazer fish. Both their eyes and mouth are located on top of their head. What they do is bury themselves in the sand and leap up to attack their prey as it swims by.

Stargazer fish

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And to add to the horror, many species are electric and can deliver lethal shocks. Despite its deadliness, it was given the charming name of stargazer. Why? Because the eyes are situated on top of its head, thus gazing at the stars (eye roll). Northern stargazers are found in the deep waters of the Atlantic Coast.

The Frilled Shark aka the Living Fossil

The frilled shark has been called a living fossil because this rarely seen shark lives in the depths of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Scientists believe that it captures its prey by bending its body and lunging forward in a way that a snake does, and swallows its victim whole.

Frilled shark

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This is called a shark, but it’s more of a sea serpent. It has over 300 teeth in 25 rows that are all backward facing. Whaaaat? Look, don’t go anywhere near this thing if you come across it, okay?

Monster Fish

Those fish that dwell in the deepest darkest parts of the ocean are carnivorous and unrelenting. And like I said, you might as well consider yourself in outer space. But outer space might even be less terrifying.

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It’s almost impossible to compare a frightening hatchetfish with a “cute” and “little” bass or trout. Ocean fish are a different breed completely. One look at these “Lovecraftian” monsters and you’ll be celebrating the fact that you live on land.

Out of Proportion

In a way, you could think of thalassophobia as fear of large things too and not just of the ocean itself. Part of the fear of being in the ocean is being aware of how incredibly small and helpless you are inside something that is incomprehensible and also overwhelmingly huge.

Diver next to a whale

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On land, we can comprehend the proportions of our world, and even great creatures like elephants aren’t particularly scary. But nothing compares to the beasts hiding in the shadows of the water, waiting to consume us at any moment!

A Garden of Eels

Can you imagine seeing this on land? It’s like a mythical nightmare. Seeing creatures slither around on land is scary enough. An unsuspecting diver above a scene like this might mistake these for reeds or seaweed.

Eels at the seabed

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But this is literally a garden of eels. There are simply tons of them. Not all, but some eels can be very dangerous to humans. These ones mostly just look creepy, but they’re supposedly unlikely to harm you. People refer to eels’ movements together like this as a party. But this is a party I don’t wanna be invited to.

The Sign of Death

Seeing signs on land and on beaches urging people to be cautious is more than common. But have you ever seen an underwater sign? I admit that I’ve never even thought about this once in my life until now.

A sign underwater that reads “STOP, prevent your death! Go no farther.”

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I think it’s safe to say that this sign is meant for divers and not sea life. Don’t you just love the added touch of the grim reaper? As if the words “STOP, prevent your death! Go no farther” wasn’t dreadful enough.

Open Wide, Buddy

Just looking at this picture is enough to get your heart beating fast. So, anyone with a heart condition should click next as soon as possible. Given how close this whale shark is to the diver, the diver should be swimming a little bit faster instead of trying to catch another picture.

Diver in front of a large whale

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Whale sharks are known to be quite docile, actually. They typically swim with their mouths open to catch fish. If you see one coming your way, move out of the way, or you might find yourself sucked in along with the fish by accident. Oops!

The Vampire Squid

This umbrella looking thing is called a vampire squid. It’s relatively tiny, getting up to a maximum of 6 inches in length. Its name came from its red coloring, glowing, bioluminescent eyes and the webbing that connects its eight arms which looks like a vampire’s cloak.

Vampire squid

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Interestingly, it’s actually a squid but in its own separate family. Its scientific name, Vampyroteuthis infernalis, directly translates to “vampire squid from hell.” I think that pretty much sums it up.

The Sarcastic Fringehead

Yes, that’s the official name for this multicolored monster that instantly reminded me of that dinosaur that ate Newman (from ‘Seinfeld’) on ‘Jurassic Park.’ Remember that scene? I swear it was the same creature.

Sarcastic Fringehead

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The Sarcastic Fringehead looks a lot less harmful when it isn’t provoked and believe it or not; it possesses no threat to humans whatsoever. But when this foot-long fish is agitated, it opens its massive mouth in an attempt to fend off predators.

The Black Dragonfish

Aren’t these names just hilarious? Ironic or not, the names they give to these sea creatures is both scary and funny at the same time. And here’s a fun fact: only the female Black Dragonfish has the frightening appearance of looking like an alien.

Black Dragonfish

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This alien-like creature with its razor-sharp teeth lives deep under the ocean and can produce its own light. wanna know what makes this thing even creepier? It has the capability to emanate red beams of light from their eyes.

The Barrel Eye Sees Everything

The Barreleye fish sees all. It’s a transparent deep sea fish that has the ability to move its eyes all the way around to see what’s going on behind it! The Barreleye shares another commonality with many of the other sea creatures on this list.

Barreleye fish

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What’s that? Well, it simply engulfs its prey fully. No chewing. Just swallowing. Like a gangster. So as “cute” as this fish may seem to some, it is by no means adorable. It’s a bloodthirsty beast that’s see-through, people. See-through!

What You’re Actually Smelling

Listen, people, that’s actually 8 million tons of garbage that you’re smelling when you sniff that certain smell if the ocean. Sure, the ocean gives off a nice salty odor, but that other faint smell that’s sour and foul? That’s all our garbage.

Garbage in the ocean

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Here’s a lovely picture: According to National Geographic, the floating debris of garbage is equivalent to about five grocery bags-worth of garbage per foot of coastline worldwide. Now that’s shocking.

The Shorthorn Fangtooth Fish

Sharks are scary, but at least you can see them. The shorthorn fangtooth fish measures at half the size of the regular fangtooth fish, which is only about nine centimeters long. Most of his body is teeth, hence the name.

Shorthorn Fangtooth Fish

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These Dracula-like sea monsters are uncrushable. Their tiny little bodies are built to withstand 500 times more water pressure than the human being! So it’s basically a pint-sized vampire in a full suit of armor and ready to go to war.

Goblin Sharks

The goblin shark comes from a long line of deep-sea predators and its ancestors go as far as prehistoric times. Get this – it has a detachable jaw and can sense prey based on the excretion of electric fields. It’s a rare but deadly swimmer that ambushes and sucks in its prey like a vacuum.

Goblin shark

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An internal jaw protrudes out and goes in for the kill. This shark is also prey for other larger sharks. So in the event that you survive a bite and are left bleeding in the water, bigger, deadlier sharks are on their way.

The Blob Fish

This funny looking gooey thing is a blobfish that lives at depths of over 1200 meters. It’s mostly found in the deep waters of Australia and New Zealand. The pressure there is several dozen times higher than at the surface.

Blobfish

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That means that as a result, its body basically just a gelatinous mass. In other words, a blob. And that’s why this fish was so aptly named. Kind of like all the other sea life on this list.

The Snaggletooth

There aren’t many terms that I can use to describe this deep sea critter thing that doesn’t include the words “ugly.” So let me go ahead and say that his ugly sea serpent is one of the more frightening on this list.

Snaggletooth

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Like some of the other deep-sea animals on this list, due to the fact that it lives so deep in the ocean, it’s capable of making its own light and uses this ability to hunt its prey. Keep in mind that at the bottom of the ocean, it’s pitch black.

Viperfish

If things couldn’t get scarier, I would like to introduce you to the viperfish. During the day, this sea animal stays in deep water, but at night, it’s been known to venture into shallower waters and into the nets of deep-sea fishermen!

Viperfish

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They don’t do a good job surviving very in captivity, however, so there isn’t a lot that is known about them. But in terms of their appearance, it warrants a spot on this list.

Big Red Jellyfish

This thing right here is a deep-sea creature, so you won’t be seeing anytime while swimming in the beach or the lake. It’s a one meter long jellyfish that uses its fleshy arms to capture its prey. Tiburonia granrojo is the scientific name.

Big red jellyfish

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It’s one of the largest sea jellies in the world and very unusual. They live at ocean depths of 600 to 1,500 meters and have been found across the Pacific Ocean in the Gulf of California, Monterey Bay, Hawaii and also Japan.

Megamouth Shark

This remarkable photo is showing us a species of shark that is known as the megamouth shark, which can grow up to 5.5 meters in length. And amazingly, it wasn’t discovered until 1976. At the time, it must have been a crazy discovery.

Megamouth Shark

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The Megachasma pelagios (its scientific name) is a species of deepwater shark. It’s rarely seen by humans and is actually the smallest of the three extant filter-feeding sharks, next to the whale shark and basking shark.

Coelacanths

Yes, things can hide down in the sea for about 70 million years. Coelacanths were thought to be extinct since before the dinosaurs roamed the earth. In 1938, a dead specimen washed up in South Africa.

Coelacanth

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Scientists have studied their genome and found that they look pretty much the same for the last 70 million years. They also evolved at a very slow speed. Interestingly, these fish are more closely related to humans than tuna.

Deep Sea Giantism

Deep sea giantism is a phenomenon where many animals found in the deep sea are a whole lot larger than their shallow-water relatives. And the thing is no one really knows why. One theory is that it’s because it’s so cold down there (about 0 – 3 °C), so they grow larger to be more heat efficient.

Giant isopod

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Another theory is that the larger size is a product of animals evolving in order to delay sexual maturity due to the scarcity of food. This photo is of a Giant Isopod. It’s another one of those living fossils that have been around since all the continents were stuck together in one big piece.

The Giant Oarfish

What you’re looking at here is a giant oarfish, which is a species of oarfish of the family Regalecidae. It’s an oceanodromous species that are found all over the world, except for the Polar Regions.

Giant oarfish

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Other common names for the name of the fish include Pacific oarfish, king of herrings, ribbonfish, and streamer fish. This is the world’s longest bony fish. And here, it took 16 men to hold the damn thing!

A Black Hole

Here we have a photo that is quite incredible if you ask me. This female diver has nerves of steel. It looks like she’s already gone down to the ocean floor and then came back up for where the more normal things live.

Diver in a big black hole in the ocean

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The most insane part of this photo is that this diver is free diving, which means that she’s traveling these depths without the help of a breathing apparatus! You know, those oxygen tanks that help you breathe? Seems necessary in my eyes.

Not What You Expect to See

Imagine going for a swim or snorkeling and coming face to face with this beast? This photo shows a whale shark, which is the largest non-cetacean animal in the world. A typical adult male comes in at 32 feet long and weighs up to 20,000 pounds!

Whale shark under the surface

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Their mouths are simply huge at almost 5 feet wide and have up to 350 rows of razor sharp teeth. This is a creature you definitely want to avoid. And the fact that they’re so close to the surface is awfully scary.

A Safety Cage

Shark diving is considered a safe and fun tourist activity. Can you believe it? You can’t pay me to do that. But anyways, divers descend into the water in scuba gear with oxygen tanks and from the safety of the cage, they get up close and personal with sharks.

A cage with a shark jumping out of it

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But, in Mexico, things went terribly wrong as you see in this photo. A particularly hungry Great White managed to force his way into the cage. Let’s just be thankful that no divers were hurt!

A Whale of a Time

Seeing a massive creature like this can really give us a reality check about how tiny we are as humans. On land, humans are at the top of the food chain due to our intelligence. We’ve evolved to make our way up there.

A diver next to a whale

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But all the weapons in the world won’t do us any favor if we’re underwater with one of these creatures that weigh several tons, like this humpback whale. With one small shift of its tail, we’re dead meat. Or dessert.

Jacob’s Hell, Uh, I mean Well

On regular terrain, there’s no way you’ll ever walk straight up to the edge of a cliff and peer directly over the edge into an abyss. But at Jacob’s Well in Texas, that’s precisely what tons of visitors do every year.

A man sitting on a rock next to water

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Many divers risk everything to try to make it to the bottom of this deep hole. It reaches depths of up to 4,500 feet deep from the surface. That’s too deep! Unsurprisingly, a total of eight people have lost their lives while exploring Jacob’s Well. So, divers beware!

A Surfer With a Death Wish

This frightening shot is from an even more frightening video. The man in the photo is Mick Fanning, and he’s an Australian professional surfer. This was taken when he was competing in an international contest in South Africa, and a shark decided to circle him.

A man swimming with a shark behind him

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Amazingly, he was attacked by a shark just two years before this incident but walked away with only minor injuries! Some boaters nearby spotted the shark and quickly took Mick to safety. I have no words.

What’s With These Surfers?

This is pretty much person’s worse nightmare, let alone a surfer’s. Going out to catch some waves and seeing that there’s a shark in the vicinity is sure to make your heart stop. Sharks happen to bite surfers because their boards look like their favorite prey – seals.

Surfers on a wave and a shark under them

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The one good thing about this scenario is that there’s safety in numbers. There’s a total of three surfers that this shark can choose to nip at, which comes out to a 66% chance of getting away unharmed if you’re one of them.

Scientists Took to Twitter

Scientists took to Twitter last Halloween. The feed #SpookWar was where some of the most knowledgeable deep-sea researchers shared their most “terrifying” underwater moments.

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One of the photos was this one of the orange sea toad (Chaunacops) characterized by its lure gadget on the top of its head and the strange placement of its gill opening.

Colorful Kings of the Ocean Floor

These are the “the colorful kings of the ocean floor,” also known as the squat lobster. According to the Aquarium of the Pacific, Pleuroncodes monodon are on seafloors around the world by seamounts, canyons, and hydrothermal vents.

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Squat lobsters are “dorsoventrally flattened crustaceans” with long tails that they hold curled beneath the cephalothorax. Whatever that means!

How’s This for Creepy?

If you consider yourself to have a case of thalassophobia, then Phroima sedentaria will do the trick. This midwater amphipod makes a “home” in dead gelatinous animals to lay its eggs inside, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

Phroima sedentaria 

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How’s that for creepy? This critter decides to find carcasses to lay her eggs inside. When we say bun in the oven, this thing says eggs in dead gelatinous animals.

The Angler Fish

Then we have the haunting, forever angry-looking Lophiiformes. The carnivorous bony fish can reach up to 3.3 feet in length and weigh up to 110 pounds!! Male anglerfish look different than females since their sole purpose is to attach themselves to a female and knock her up.

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Named for its luring tactic, the angler fish uses a natural luring technique reminiscent of your grandpa’s fishing pole. There are more than 200 species of anglerfish, mostly in the Atlantic and Antarctic oceans, all of them equally as ugly.

The Translucent Sea Cucumber

The translucent sea cucumber makes the Gulf of Mexico its home at around 9,000 feet below the surface. What you see in this photo is what appears to be the animal’s digestive tract.

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Apparently, sea cucumbers are extremely sensitive and don’t really like being touched. So even if you do see one, it’s best not to touch it.

The Fangtooth

The name fangtooth (Anoplogaster cornuta) makes a lot of sense. Though they look ferocious, but only measure 6 inches in length and typically dine on smaller fish and crustaceans.

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Although they spend most of their time in the deep ocean, common fangtooths are known to migrate up to the surface at night, after they eat. Common fangtooths are more active than other deep-sea fish and seek out food.

Not for the Arachnophobes

Sorry, arachnophobes, but spiders also exist in the deepest parts of the ocean. Though they measure just a centimeter or less, Pycnogonids in the deep grow much bigger by sucking the juices out of jellyfish with their straw-like mouths.

Pycnogonids 

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Their bodies are so small that their digestive tracts extend into their legs! Do you think spiders are scary? I don’t know how scary they are as they are gross.

If a Lizard and a Fish Made a Baby

The deep-sea lizardfish looks like a lizard, and a fish made a baby. Bathysaurus Mollis can be up to 31 inches in length and live on the seafloor deeper than 4,900 feet. This particular one was spotted at 7,800 feet at the Davidson Seamount.

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The bathysaur (aka the lizardfish) Bathysaurus Mollis gets its name from its lizard-like appearance. And this is a fish you wouldn’t want to put in your aquarium!

I Have No Words

Okay, so when I saw this photo, my heart stopped for a moment. Those are whales. Yes, whales. While most people would like to see mountains on the side of the water, some people see these giant creatures.

People on a boat in front of whales

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To be honest, I can’t even tell if this is real or if it was photoshopped, but if it’s real than I really don’t have any words. I don’t know how these two people aren’t fainting.

Sharks Are Older

Did you know that sharks are way older than dinosaurs and trees? Sharks survived everything the world threw at them. So you can kind of say that they’re like cockroaches, too, and will survive a possible apocalypse.

Shark

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You gotta admit, that’s both terrifying and impressive. According to research, sharks have been around for 400-450 million years. In fact, there are a few other sea species that predate trees as well.

The Pressure is On

So you know how water is truly powerful? Well, the thing is, the pressure at the bottom of the ocean would actually crush us humans like ants. The deepest part of the Mariana Trench is about 35,802 feet.

Scuba diver and a school of fish

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There, the water pressure is 8 tons per square inch. That’s the equivalent of a person holding 50 jumbo jets. Yeah. It’s unfathomable even to imagine it. It’s just more proof that the ocean is like space.

There Are More Artifacts in the Ocean than All Museums

Many important historical artifacts have been found at shipwreck sites. Estimates suggest that there are more treasures in the world’s oceans than in all the museums combined.

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There are over 3 million shipwrecks in the oceans of this world. Can you just imagine how many that is? What’s even scarier? Less than 1% of those shipwrecks have been explored.

Most of the Planet Is in Complete Darkness

If you’re looking for a terrifying fact – there’s the fact that most of this world sits in absolute darkness. Since 70% of the planet is covered by oceans, a huge chunk of those waters is completely dark.

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The average ocean depth is 12,500 feet, and light only penetrates 330 feet of water. So, everything below is dark. Which means that most of the earth in complete darkness all the time. Scary.

Giant Squids

Giant squids are massive sea monsters that have the ability to grab things from 30 feet away. These squids have two special “feeding” tentacles that reach 33 feet long.

Giant squid

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They also have sharp-toothed suckers on the end of the tentacles that act like spears to capture their prey. There aren’t many photos of these sea monsters.

The ‘Midnight Zone’

The “midnight zone” of the ocean is as scary as hell. This part was named the ‘midnight zone’ and is so deep that sunlight doesn’t even touch anything close to it. The creatures that live in these ice-cold waters are all predators or scavengers.

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The midnight zone’s ecosystem thrives on “marine snow,” which is basically anything that falls from the waters above, including plankton and the last remains of carcasses.

We Know More About The Moon Than the Ocean

So here’s a fun fact: experts know more about the moon than the ocean. Only about 5% of the ocean’s floor is mapped. Just think about the fact that 95% of the ocean is unknown to humans!!!

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Here’s another fun fact: viruses are the most abundant form of oceanic life. Scientists say the number of ocean-dwelling viruses is so high that the total number would go beyond 60 galaxies.

The World’s Largest Waterfall

Did you know that the world’s largest waterfall is actually underwater? There’s a small slice of ocean between Greenland and Iceland where a gigantic waterfall called the Denmark Strait cataract sits.

Underwater waterfall diagram

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The waterfall stretches 100 miles wide and 11,500 feet down. It’s scary to think that this waterfall is many times bigger than any we’ve ever seen on land. And I’ve been to Niagara Falls!

More Dangerous Than Fish

Believe it or not, but box jellyfish are a lot more dangerous than sharks. This type of jellyfish takes the lives of over a hundred humans every year! That’s 100 too many.

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The tentacles of one box jellyfish hold enough venom to extremely harm 60 people. Survivors of these incidents are usually in pain for weeks after being stung.

Only Three People

Here’s another crazy fact: only three people have gone to the deepest known point on Earth! The Mariana Trench is located in the Pacific Ocean, and it’s home to the deepest known point on the planet.

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That said, only three brave people have managed to make it down the frigid temperatures. Now, compare that to the fact that twelve people have walked on the moon. Insane, right?

A Curious Humpback

This photo is real, folks! It’s footage of an incredible moment where a curious humpback whale approached a fishing boat in Australia’s Gold Coast. And while humpbacks are friendly giants, it’s still insane!

Fishing boat and a humpback whale

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Can you just imagine going fishing on a regular day and looking over the side of the boat to see that? Talk about getting the catch of the day!

Another Humpback Moment

Here, a drone caught an amazing moment on camera. What we see here is another humpback as it nudged a small motorboat in Tonga. This is another “Holy sh&%!” moment.

Fishing boat and a humpback whale

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What we don’t see is that there is the scuba diver with the humpback whale under the surface. Hats off to all those divers that explore the deep waters with no fear.

Jellyfish Overload

If you ever wondered what tons of jellyfish would look like in one spot, you don’t have to wonder anymore. This array of giant jellyfish took over the coast of Japan in 2009.

Scuba diver and lots of jellyfish

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The jellyfish were surrounding yet another brave diver. And I see that he’s wearing a full-body suit, but can’t jellyfish sting right through that?

Blood Water

Okay, so this actually isn’t blood. But it sure looks like it, right? This red water is near Australia, and it’s actually just algae. But maybe that’s just what scientists want you to think!

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One the one hand, it looks pretty cool, and something you would wanna put on your bucket list. But on the other hand, it looks too scary for me. I don’t do red waters.

Jesus, is that you?

There’s something about ancient ruins that is kind of freaky. How did this giant statue of Jesus even make it all the way to the bottom of the ocean floor?

Statue of Jesus underwater

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Maybe it was in the middle of a town that sunk after an earthquake, or it got submerged from a massive tsunami? Either way, with his arms still out, it looks like he’s asking for help.

Mutant of the Deep

Now that is quite the catch! I have no idea what this scary creature actually is, but the fisherman who snagged him probably doesn’t have a clue either. And there’s nothing appetizing about it either.

man holding an unknown sea creature above water

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So if this fisherman was hoping to get a catch for dinner, this long and ferocious thing doesn’t look like it’s going to be tasty at all. Throw him back in, man!

O – M – G

In Mexico, people see all sorts of wild ocean creatures as it’s pretty common. This fisherman seems totally unfazed by some giant creature checking him out from under his boat.

man in a fishing boat above large sea creature

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It looks like a type of giant whale that’s most likely friendly to humans. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that this huge unknown thing is under your boat and even taunting you!

Eyes on You

What creature is behind this gaze? It looks like a big cat, right? Well, close. This seal, nicely named the leopard seal, has a lot in common with the Sahara-living leopard.

Leopard seal

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Leopard seals may be cute to some, but they’re quite a vicious carnivore, always looking for their next meal. It has razor-sharp canine teeth and can grow up to 13 feet long!

Gaining Perspective

The most humbling thing in life is when you realize how small and helpless we really are. For example, most people freak out when they stand in the observation deck of a tall building and see how the people below look like ants!

whale under a boat

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Well, this photo can serve as another source of freaking out or of gaining perspective. Whichever way you choose to look at it!

Flying Whales

If you leave whales as they are, they are gentle; but if a whale feels threatened or thinks their babies are in danger, then don’t hesitate to act. This whale came charging at this small fishing boat floating nearby.

whale jumping out of the water

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It’s unclear what pissed him off, but it was sure to inflict some damage on impact alone. Everyone survived on this occasion, but it should serve as a lesson. Leave whales alone!

Eight-Armed Anomaly

Scuba diving allows you to see the hidden creatures in the deep sea, but there are some underwater monsters that you don’t want to become tangled up with.

scuba diver and giant squid

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A giant octopus can cause danger just by ripping off your oxygen pack from your back! They can leave a human to be, but it will harm the diver up if it feels threatened.

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