Creatures found in DK’s Ocean: The Definitive Visual Guide
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to go on another marine adventure. Now, let’s dive!
- Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) Size: The shell can be a maximum of 8 in Typically found in: Tropical open waters up to 1,600 ft
The Nautilus is an absolutely incredible type of Cephalopod. The five remaining species started as a numerous group nearly 65 million years ago. They are commonly referred to as “living fossils” due to the nearly non-existant change in anatomy. The creature has a hard shell as a defense against predators, and uses its 90 tentacles to catch prey. It moves through the water using jet propulsion and lays about twelve eggs per year.
- Giant Brain Coral (Colpophyllia natans) Diameter: Up to a whopping 16 ft Depths Found: 3-180 ft in the seaward side of coral reefs
This incredibly strange species of coral has an very long life span that extends 100 years. It is named after the brain shaped ridges and long valleys that run along its top. The colonies attract a lot of tourists, and some small fish, like gobies, make a permanent home in its massive frame.
Info found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep and DK’s Ocean The Definite Visual Guide
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and this post is getting an upgrade. I’ll be expanding the subject to cover all marine life. The ocean is home to some of the most fascinating organisms, and I can’t wait to see what we uncover on this weeks’ dive.
- Tasseled Wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) Size (Up to 4 1/2 ft) Weight (N/A) Depth Found (~130 ft)
This incredibly strange shark is a master of disguise. When lying perfectly still, this fish resembles a seaweed-covered rock. Its mouth is outfitted with rows of needle-like teeth, and it’s also equipped with weed-like skin flaps. This fearsome predator attacks anything that wanders too close to its mouth.
- Beaked Sea Snake (Enhydrina schistosa) Size (3 1/4-5 ft) Weight (Up to 4 1/2 lb) Found in (Shallow inshore waters)
The Beaked Sea Snake is a notoriously aggressive and dangerous reptile. Its venom is strong enough to kill 50 people, and is responsible for 10 snakebite related deaths every year. The snake is blue-grey in color, and has a paddle like tail. Its diet consists of catfish and snakes. Despite their incredibly toxic venom, this species of snake still can fall victim to inshore predators, like fish and crocodiles.
Info found in Novian’s book, The Deep
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating creatures. Now, let’s take a dive!
- Periphylla periphylla (Helmet jelly) Size: Up to 1 m Depths found in: 0-7000 m These incredibly fascinating Jellyfish are in large supply in the fjords of Norway. The Helmet jelly is a vicious predator, and will try to devour all available resources around its environment.
- Pannychia moseleyi (Glowing sea cucumber) Size: 20 cm Depth: 212-2598 These strange sea cucumbers are usually found near the bottom of the sea. They’re extremely mobile, and can clear large areas in a short period of time. Their diet consists of deposited organic particles. When threatened, this sea cucumber’s body lights up, creating a blue-green bioluminescent spiral.
Creature info found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to go on another journey into the deep sea. Now, let’s grab our submersible, and dive in to the unknown depths below.
- Pacific viperfish (Chauliodus macouni) Size: 25 cm Depths found in: 250-4390 m
The Pacific viperfish is an extremely creepy creature of the deep sea. It has long and sharp fangs, which make this monster a ferocious predator. Unfortunately, the fangs are so prominent, that it’s impossible for them to fit in the fish’s mouth. This is very problematic when it snatches prey that’s larger than itself. So, this fish has a massive underbite! Still, its face alone can strike fear into timid individuals.
My, what big teeth you have!
- Fanfin seadevil (Caulophryne jordani) Size: 25 cm (This doesn’t include sensory filaments) Depths found in: 700-3000m
This horrific monster belongs to a species of deep sea hunters called Anglerfish. The most notable thing about said species is the huge difference in gender appearance. The females are usually large and “ugly as sin”, while the males are much smaller and pathetic in comparison. This rare specimen has tons of sensitive filaments, which allow the beast to detect even the slightest movement in the water. They remain perfectly still, waiting for an unfortunate fish to get too close to its terrifying set of teeth. It’s also important to note that this creature never comes near the surface of the sea. I swear, they need to make a horror film with deep sea fish!
Isn’t she lovely?
Info found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to dive into the deep once again. I hope you are ready to meet some incredibly bizarre fish. Now, let’s investigate the unknown depths below!
- Vampire Squid (Vampyroteuthis infenalis) Size: 40 cm Depths found in: 600-1500 m
The Vampire Squid is an incredibly grotesque creature of the deep sea. It has blood red eyes, and a pineapple-shaped body. The creature has many dangerous-looking “fangs” that appear on the underside of its mantle. The Vampire Squid has the awesome ability to spit bioluminescent clouds from its arms. This is used as a defense mechanism, and the cloud glows for ten minutes. This creature’s origins date back over 200 million years, and it has common traits of both squid and octopus.
- Pompei worm (Alvinella pompejana) Size: 15 cm Depths found in: 2600-2850 m: The Pompei worm is an extremely strange creature that is found on the bottom of the sea. It is said to be the only creature that can survive bathing in extreme temperatures. The creatures live on the walls of active undersea chimneys, which usually collapse under their weight. Marine Biologists are still trying to figure out how the worm resists such harsh temperatures.
Creatures found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to look at some more interesting creatures. Now, grab your submersible, and let’s dive!
- Glass Octopus (Vitreledonella richardi) Size: 45cm Depths Found: 200-2,000m
The Glass Octopus is an incredibly beautiful creature of the deep sea. It spends its entire life midwater, and doesn’t have teeth, a shell, or poison. While this creature seems like easy prey for predators, it’s nearly transparent, making it almost unnoticeable. (Strange, huh?)
- Sea elephant (Carinaria japonica) Size: Can grow up to 50cm Depths found: 0-100m
The Sea elephant is a very bizarre organism of the deep. It’s considered to be a heavily modified relative of land snails. Its foot has turned into a fin, and is used like a sail. This creature get its name from the “elephant-like” trunk hidden in its mouth. The appendage is used to swallow prey.
Information found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating creatures. Now, let’s go on a journey to the mysterious world below.
- O_O! Anoplogaster cornuta (Fangtooth) Size: 15 cm Depths found: 600-5000 m
This is one of the scariest creatures of the deep ocean. The appearance alone is enough to give you nightmares. These fish are powerful predators, and are outfitted with extremely sensitive sensory canals. Like a shark, the Fangtooth can detect even the tiniest motion in the deep waters. The monster’s jaws are so large, that the fish cannot close them. Although food is scarce in the deep, the Fangtooth has no trouble finding its next meal.
- Satyrichtys sp. (Armored Sea Robin) Size: 40 cm Depth 50-1000m
This strange animal lives on the bottom of the ocean, and has a flattened body. Its name comes from the bird-like sound it emits when on land. The two prongs on both sides of its body find prey that is buried in the sand. I believe that it looks like a cross between a manta ray and an eel. I would love to hear what you guys think of this creature in the comments’ section below.