Latest Top Ten is presenting the top 10 most horrible and deadliest sea creatures including the fish. Now sharks are way down in the list of most deadly and dangerous underwater creatures. The list proves there are more bizarre & creepy creatures to be found in “inner space” than we can dream about finding in “outer space”.
1 – The Angler Fish
Angler fish on the center of their head have three filaments. The longest one remains always above the fish’s eyes which can move in all directions and is used to identify the animal. This fish can be found in open waters and deep sea. This fish has really small eyes, jelly like skin, which can reflect blue light. This is a defense mechanism of the deep sea angler fish because practically all fish in the deep sea that emit bio-luminescent light produce a blue light. Since the deep sea angler fish can reflect this light it is virtually invisible to other fish that live in the deep sea. In addition, since the angler fish is round, it is quite unstable making it very difficult to swim. Because of this the fish sort of bobbles back and forth through the water.
2 – Megamouth Shark
The Megamouth Shark can be easily recognised by its huge head and big mouth. The mouth is silvery from inside, and the jaws are covered with many small, hook-like teeth. The Megamouth Shark has two unequal sized dorsal fins, a strongly heterocercal tail, and lacks any distinctive body markings. The tips of most of the fins are usually white.
They have a very large, broad head, small eyes and five pairs of gill slits. The back is gray to gray/black and the underside is white. The upper surface of the pectoral and pelvic fins has a distinctive, light margin.
3 – ViperFish
The viperfish is one of the world most creepiest fish living underwater. It is also one of the most popular and well-known species. It is one of the fiercest predators of the deep waters. This fish can be easily recognized by its large horrible mouth and sharp, fang-like teeth. In fact, these fangs are that much large that they cannot fit inside the fish mouth. Instead, they curve back very close to the fish’s eyes. The viperfish is thought to use these sharp teeth to impale its victims by swimming at them at high speeds.
Although the fangtooth may look like a true monster, it is actually a small fish, reaching a maximum length of only six inches (16 centimeters). It has a short, deep body and with a large head and mouth. The head contains numerous mucous cavities separated by serrated ridges. These cavities are covered over with thin skin. The body of this fish is covered with small, prickly scales, and its color varies from black to dark brown. It has very small eyes that are set high on the head. To compensate for relatively poor eyesight, the fangtooth has developed an unusually prominent lateral line which helps it to sense movement and vibration from the surrounding water.
5 – Giant Isopods
Giant Isopods are just like some kind of little insects, but only in a bigger format. These creatures are crustaceans (a mix between a crab and a shrimp). The Giant Isopod also called Bathynomus giganteus is one of the nine species of the genus Bathynomus. That live in the deep and cold waters of the Atlantic ocean. The Giant Isopod isn’t a very lucrative business for fishing industries, because they are hard to catch and when they’re brought to the surface they have already been scavenged by other fishes. However in Taiwan where they live much closer in shallow waters they’re served in restaurants.
6 – Grenadiers
The fish— also called rattails or deep-sea grenadiers—grow to about 2 feet (60 centimeters) long and are long-lived. But almost nothing is known about their reproductive habits.
Most experts agree that abyssal grenadiers are slow-growing animals, but estimates of their life spans vary from 6 to 60 years.
The deep-dwelling fish are extremely tough to study.
When they are brought up from the depths, gases in their bladders expand, popping the fish’s stomachs and making their eyes bug out. No abyssal grenadier has ever been kept in captivity.
7 – Dragonfish
The deep sea dragonfish, sometimes known as the scaleless dragonfish, is a ferocious predator that inhabits the deep oceans of the world. Known scientifically as Grammatostomias flagellibarba, it has extremely large teeth compared to its body size. In spite of its gruesome appearance, its is a small fish, measuring only about 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) in length. There are several different species of dragonfish. All are very similar in appearance.
8 – Coffinfish
The Coffin fish is a bottom-dwelling fish that can be found almost anywhere in the world. These curious looking fish walk along the bottom of the sea floor using their leg-like fins to crawl around.coffin fish
Since they’re highly hunted by other predators, the Coffin fish have a way of defending themselves. Since they resemble the puffer fish, they can actually swallow a lot of water thus making them “blow up” to a bigger size. That way, predators have a hard time biting into them.
9 – The Basking Shark
The basking shark is the second largest fish in the world, second only to another filter feeder, the whale shark. It has a conical snout and the gill slits extend almost completely around the top and bottom of its head. Associated with the gills are structures called gill rakers. These gill rakers are dark in colour and bristlelike and are used to catch plankton as water filters through the mouth and over the gills. The basking shark is usually grayish-brown in colour and often seems to have a mottled appearence. The caudal (tail) fin has a strong lateral keel and a crescent shape. The teeth in the basking shark are very small and numerous and often number one hundred per row. The teeth themselves have a single conical cusp, are curved backwards and are the same on both the upper and lower jaws.
10 – Stonefish
The Stonefish is another of Australia’s deadly marine creatures. They inhabit shallow waters along the coast. The stonefish is well camouflaged in the ocean, as it is a brownish colour, and often resembles a rock. This is why it is called the Stonefish.
It has thirteen sharp dorsal spines on its back, which each have extremely toxic venom.