5 Monsters Of The Deep That Will Haunt Your Dreams

June 10, 2014: This is the stuff nightmares are made of.

It is believed that the farther you venture into the depths of the ocean, the weirder it gets. This cannot be far from the truth. Once we reach beyond the depths of water exposed to sunlight – called the photic zone – we enter a world of our nightmares. This is a world full of creatures that will haunt our dreams forever.

However, the fundamental question is; why do deep-sea creatures seem so scary? Is it because they retreat to the bottom as their looks make them self-conscious? The answer is no. It is because of very understandable reasons.

Evolution in a hostile environment, with hundreds of bars of sea pressure, no sunlight, very little oxygen or food and extreme cold, has led to the development of extraordinary physical features that seem scary to us.

We have compiled a list of the five spookiest deep-sea creatures which will make us thankful that we live on land.

Dragonfish

Dragonfish are found at depths of nearly 2 km below the sea surface in pitch-black waters. To battle the darkness, they produce their own light using a method known as bioluminescence.

Giant Squid

Reaching up to the tremendous size of 13 m (43 ft.), giant squids are not a product of our apocalyptic imaginations. It is one of the largest living organisms that feasts on whales and sharks just casually.

Anglerfish

Remember the weird luminous fish with huge teeth that scared the wits out of us in "Finding Nemo"? It’s called the anglerfish. Like the dragonfish, they also have a light-producing organ which they use as a fishing rod to lure fish in the dark. Note to self: Never follow a glowing light when in deep sea. Check.

The Black Swallower

If the black swallower gives us one lesson, it is to never underestimate its small size. It has the capability to swallow fish even larger than itself and 10 times more than its mass. Not eat, bite, or chew. Just swallow. Think about that.

Goblin Shark

The goblin shark is a rare, often misunderstood, species of the deep-sea shark. It is so unique that scientists have called it a “living fossil,” which means there’s no other creature quite like it. Their highly distinguishable feature is their protractible jaw embedded with razor-sharp nail-like teeth. They’re known to shoot their jaws at their intended pray.

Watch a goblin shark in action:

We’ll just let you live with that sight for the rest of your life.

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