Lurking deep toward the bottom of the ocean are creatures you won't believe exist. In fact, the deep sea creatures mentioned in this hub look so odd that you would assume them to be some kind of alien creature.
Because light doesn't penetrate far into the deep sea, creatures have taken on horrific shapes and sizes.
Some have massive fangs while others flash lights to attract prey.
Either way, here are the top ten scariest deep sea creatures that are nightmare worthy.
One look at the Anglerfish and you can agree that you want nothing to do with deep sea diving. This fish is the stuff of nightmares with its long teeth and deformed body.
To make matters worse, if you were a fish, you would be attracted to it's little bauble that it uses like a fishing rod to snag its prey in it's gigantic, nasty mouth.
I don't know about you but I want nothing to do with this fish especially if I'm out at the beach, having a swim. Luckily, they're in the deepest parts of the sea so they won't be nibbling on your feet anytime soon.
Large eyes, mostly transparent and fangs bigger than you ever want near your hand, the Viperfish is a long, snake like fish that occupies the deep sea ocean, luring its prey with its fins.
Viperfish are nasty looking creatures straight out of a horror movie. They light up using bioluminescence that attracts other fish in its general area; once they're within range they snag them up using their vampire like teeth - it's all over from there.
Keep this thing away from me; that's for sure.
The Stomiidae, part of the Dragonfish family, come in many different shapes, sizes and horrific appendages but if there's one thing that's for sure it's that these deep sea creatures aren't anything you want to be messing with.
Sort of like a cross between the Anglerfish and Viperfish, the Stomiidae is roughly a foot long and uses its barb to draw in prey so it can chomp them down. Like other deep sea creatures, this type of fish has long, spiny teeth that make it look like some kind of demonic alien out to destroy everything in its path.
The Giant Squid
Thought to be something of legend, the Giant Squid is real and lives deep in the ocean where it grows to sizes up to 43 feet! The Giant Squid captures its prey using its long tentacles and starts to strangle its prey all the while chowing down with its incredibly sharp beak (much like a bird).
The Giant Squid is so massive that it's one of the only predators of Sperm Whales! There have also been instances where a Giant Squid has attacked submarines; leaving huge marks in the hull which is solid steel, wow! It's no wonder why the Giant Squid is the stuff of legends; could you imagine if one of those went after your boat?
Also known as the "Vampire Squid from Hell", this cephalopod can either be black or red (the reason why it has it's creepy name). Unlike a normal squid, the tentacles on the Vampire Squid have webbing which, combined with its color, is the reason for its name (not because it hypnotizes other fish and turns them into vampires).
The Vampire Squid has multiple light sources on its body which it uses to attract prey and possibly mates during mating season. It lives nearly half a mile beneath the surface and instead of the usual ink sprayed by squid, it shoots a luminescent mucus so it can escape.
The Coffinfish is about as close as you're going to get to one of these scary deep sea creatures because it lives on just the edge of the Australian oceanic shelf and sometimes has made its way just 50 meters from the surface.
The Coffinfish generally stays on the ocean floor, luring prey its way using a buable attached to its body; once fish are within range it lashes out and snags them up. There's not much known about the Coffinfish but I can tell you one thing: I don't want to go anywhere near it.
The Gulper Eel makes its way onto the list because it's one of the more odd creatures lurking in the deep sea; its giant mouth is definitely the reason for its scariness.
The Gulper Eel has very tiny eyes and can open its jaws so wide that it can swallow other fish the size of its entire body; think of it kind of like a deep sea snake! However, the Gulper eel probably doesn't eat very many other fish because of its tiny teeth so it's one of the deep sea creatures we don't need to worry much about. Watch out for its tail though because it will distract you as it glows so it can whip around and swallow you up!
It doesn't get much more science fiction than this; the Giant Isopod is easily one of the scariest and strangest creatures of the deep sea.
The Giant Isopod can grow to lenghts over 16 inches; that's certainly one big whateveritis.
The Giant Isopod scurries along the ocean floor, eating up nearly everything it can get its little mouth on but it mostly prefers crustaceans.
When it eats, it shreds and tears a part its victim; that's one messy eater if you ask me. Also, these bad-boys lay gigantic eggs, some of the biggest for its kind, and can be found nearly everywhere in the ocean.
Long Nose Chimera
Perhaps the strangest of all the fish on this list, the Long Nose Chimera definitely deserves its place as one of the scariest because this is one fish you don't want coming at you because its barb, on the top of its dorsal fin, can kill a man. However, you won't need to worry because these creatures live so far down in the deep sea that you'll never run into them.
Not much is known about the Long Nose Chimera because they're simply so hard to find. However, one thing is clear, the name 'chimera' means monster in Greek; I think that describes them quite accurately.
Finally, we've got the Ogrefish which has many of the same similarities as the Anglerfish, Viperfish and other deep sea creatures of this kind. Long spiny teeth, horrific looking eyes, nasty looking skin and the face only a mother can love.
The Ogrefish, also known as the Fangtooth, lives in the very deepest part of the oceans and doesn't get very large because food is so scarce at these level so it resorts to eating at anything that comes along its path.
Can't get enough?
Can't get enough deep sea creatures?
Here are a few videos that shows what the life is like waaaay down in the deepest part of the ocean. These videos are the stuff of nightmares but also immensely interesting and fascinating at the same time.
It's amazing that these animals have adapted the ability to produce their own light in a place where no light can be found.
They're surviving strong and there are still probably hundreds of thousands of species we've yet to discover in the deepest part of the oceans.
If we're on the question to find the scariest and strangest species on our planets than I say we just take a look around us because there are so many different types of animals that are still being discovered especially in the deep sea.
However, this is one place that I would never want to go. I'm not the type to easily get scared but I'm definitely not volunteering to take a swim around these guys!
What do you think of these deep sea creatures?
PADDYBOY60 from Centreville Michigan on September 04, 2012:
Wow, these are some uglies!
Cindy A Johnson from Sevierville, TN on August 07, 2011:
These are great! For a long time I wanted to be a marine biologist and so have actually heard of some of these "lovelies." Thanks for sharing. Voted up and interesting.
John-Charles on August 07, 2011:
These creatures are not any scarier than an alligator or a shark. From the water you should study the types of parasites that would really scare you.
Oddity (author) on August 07, 2011:
@poetvix Yeah, seriously! So glad these things aren't anywhere near the surface because I'd never go back in the water again haha!
poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on August 07, 2011:
They need to throw a scary button up there! I thought Jaws was reason enough to stay out of the water. This was as interesting and informative as it was terrifying.