5 Mysterious Deep Sea Creatures Caught on Tape

Five Mysterious Deep-Sea Creatures The deep seas are often considered to be the last great, unexplored regions of our planet Year after year, hundreds of mysterious creatures are discovered ranging from small organisms up to monster sharks

Still, it seems like thousands remain hidden awaiting our cameras Hi I am Mister Mysterious and today I’ll show you five of the most mysterious sea creatures I won’t talk about tales and legends, but instead, I’ll show you five real-world deep-sea creatures We will start with a terrifying prehistoric-looking shark that will make you think twice before going for a swim

Five: The Frilled Shark Imagine a shark that reaches about 6 feet in length and has 300 needle-shaped teeth in 25 rows On top of that, this shark is believed to capture its prey by bending its body like a snake Can’t believe that something like this even exists? Then you haven’t heard yet about the rare frilled shark The fossil record for the frilled shark dates back to 95 million years ago, although some paleontologists believe that this creature is closely related to sharks that lived 300 million years ago The most surprising fact is that frilled sharks haven’t really evolved that much since prehistoric times, which is why this animal is often called a ‘living fossil’

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the frilled shark is its mouth, lined with 25 rows of backward-facing, trident-shaped teeth – 300 in total And as if its teeth weren’t freaky enough, the frilled shark has a special kind of scales, called dermal denticles, lining its mouth Frilled sharks spend most of their time in deep water, close to the sea bottom Some scientists suggest that this shark could be the basis of the sea serpent legends In has the right shape to be mistaken for a sea serpent, even though it isn’t long enough

Today, there are two living species of frilled sharks that have been discovered One of them is known simply as the ‘frilled shark’, while another one is called the African frilled shark Even so, there are lots of unanswered questions about this mysterious fish Four: The Fangtooth Looking like it just swam out of a horror movie is the amazing fangtooth fish This menacing creature haunts the deep waters of the world’s oceans, and its name comes from its rather impressive teeth

Although the fangtooth looks like a true monster, this is actually a small fish, reaching a maximum length of only six inches It has a very short body with a large head and mouth The head contains numerous mucous cavities separated by serrated ridges However, the most prominent characteristic of this species is the teeth They are so large that the fangs on the lower jaw actually slide into specially formed pockets in the roof of the mouth

These pockets extend into sockets on either side of the brain The fangtooth’s teeth become a formidable weapon as this fish hunts squid and other small fish Even though the fangtooth is one of the deepest fish species yet discovered, it can be also found in upper layers where it hunts its prey It can be found throughout the world in temperate and tropical oceans including the waters off the coast of Australia Even though researchers were able to capture a few specimens, the fangtooth cannot live for more than one month in captivity in spite of the vast differences in temperature and pressure

Three: The Anglerfish During the 19th century, scientists began to discover, describe, and classify a very strange-looking kind of fish However, what was interesting about this fish is that males were nowhere to be found It wasn’t until the 1920s, almost a full century after the first anglerfish was found, that things started to become a little clearer In 1922, an Icelandic biologist discovered a female anglerfish with one smaller fish attached to her belly He assumed it was a mother with her baby, even though he was highly confused by this arrangement

When he dissected it, he realized that the smaller fish wasn’t her baby, but instead her mate The missing males had been there all along, just unrecognized and misclassified Males don’t need big mouths and teeth because they don’t hunt, and they don’t hunt because they have females The male doesn’t have to trouble himself with things like seeing or swimming or eating like a normal fish The body parts he doesn’t need anymore – like eyes, fins, and some internal organs, degenerate and wither away until he’s little more than a lump of flesh hanging from the female

When anglerfish males go looking for love, they find a suitable mate and latch on until their bodies fuse together Their skin joins together, and so do their blood vessels The two organisms essentially become one Sounds unbelievable, right? Two: The Goblin Shark Truth be told, humans have learned very little in regards to Goblin Sharks This is a unique-looking shark with a huge snout and a terrifying teeth structure

This is exactly what makes them recognizable and easy to pick out of a crowd Believe it or now, their bodies range from pinkish gray to very bright pink To make matters even more intriguing, the pink color of the Goblin Sharks doesn’t derive from pink pigments in their skin In fact, these sharks have a translucent skin that enables us to see the oxygenated blood within their capillaries In other words, we can actually see through the skin of these sharks to a certain extent

The snout and this shark’s frightening teeth are just as unique as its skin These sharks have overhanging snouts that are highly elongated, and they form a blade-like appearance In addition, the Goblin Shark’s sharp fang-like teeth are connected to their protruding jaws They can bite into their prey by completely pulling out their jaws, which is one of their unique features What we also know is that the Goblin Sharks are sluggish and they prefer to dwell in a mid-deep water habitat

They can swim in depths of 130 up to 4,000 feet About half of the known Goblin Sharks were spotted in the waters of Japan, even though they were also spotted near New Zealand and Southern Africa One: The Vampire Squid The vampire squid looks like something that swam out of a late-night science fiction movie But in spite of its monstrous name, this is a fairly small creature This is an ancient species that shares similarities with both squids and octopuses

In fact, it was originally and mistakenly identified as an octopus in 1903 The vampire squid has large fins at the top of its body These fins serve as its primary means of propulsion as it swims through the water by flapping these fins However, it can also move much faster by expelling water through a specialized set of organs The vampire squid’s body is covered with light-producing organs called photophores

This gives this squid the unique ability to “turn itself on or off” at will through a chemical process known as bioluminescence In dark waters, vampire squids can be completely invisible This helps them stay away from the predators, but also helps them catch their prey by hiding in dark waters Despite its terrifying name, this is not a fearsome predator Instead, this squid usually collects and eats drifting particles known as “marine snow”

Unlike other squids, it doesn’t have the ability to change its color What is also interesting is that the vampire squid lacks the ink sack Instead, it can eject a thick cloud of glowing, bioluminescent mucus from the tips of its arms when threatened As with most deep-water creatures, we know very little about this species It is believed that they live in the oxygen minimum layer of the ocean where virtually no light penetrates

They can be found at depths between 300 and 3,000 feet What do you think about these frightening deep-water creatures? In case you know other interesting examples of mysterious sea creatures, feel free to share that information in the comments section below If you find it interesting, share and like this video Also, be sure to subscribe because you don’t want to miss what is coming next As always, thank you for watching

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