Did you know that some of the most frightening animals live in the deep-sea?
Here are some of the creepy critters that we often see on our underwater video cameras.
According to the Smithsonian, one of the top 11 scariest deep-sea monsters is the Sea Pig. Closely related to the sea cucumber, the sea pig is an invertebrate scavenger that despite his lack of eyes and any features resembling a face, can be found surveying the sea floor for food. We can see sea pigs on our cameras at Cascadia Basin.
Skates float as gracefuly through the water column as ghosts through walls. These cartilaginous fish are closely related to sharks and rays. They feed on other bottom-dwelling creatures like crabs and invertebrates.
Creepy Old Rattail
Rattail fish are characterized by their long, eel like tails, big skeleton like eyes and large head. They live throughout the deep ocean from the Arctic to the Southern Ocean.
As if small house spiders aren't bad enough, large sea spiders roam the seafloor on their long, thin legs looking for invertebrates and sponges. These creepy sea spiders feed by "sucking the juices and fluids from their prey with their proboscis" (Bos, 2013)
Bos, M. 2013. Reproduction & Life Cycle of Sea Spiders. Pawnation. Accessed on October 30, 2013 from http://animals.pawnation.com/reproduction-life-cycle-sea-spiders-2923.html