10 Weird & Amazing Things Found In The Ocean
We live on a planet where water is in abundance and covers more area than land masses. The sheer vastness of our oceans has inspired thousands of myths and legends from cultures all over the world. Though we live in an age aided by technology, we haven’t really been able to fully explore the world that exists underwater.
Until now, deep-sea expeditions have only been able to cover a fraction of the ocean. Out of the little area that humans have explored, there have been many incredible and unbelievable discoveries.
From wreckages that teach lost history to astonishing living organisms, everything explorers have found so far has been mind-blowing. Here are some of the most incredible things discovered in our oceans.
The Vampire Squid
A vampire squid is something you would expect to see in a B-grade horror movie, but underwater explorations have successfully found this horrible deep sea creature alive and well under our oceans. Despite its name, this squid is small in size. The adult grows to only about 6 inches in length but don’t let the size fool you. It belongs to an ancient species and is the only remaining member of the Vampyromorphida family. It even has light-producing organs which allow it to light itself on and off whenever it wants. Its eight arms are lined with fleshy spines and suction cups. Since it’s a deep-sea creature, the feeding and reproductive habits of this species are not fully known, but it is believed to feed on small fishes and invertebrates.
The Goblin Shark
The Goblin shark is by far the most distinct species in its family due to its appearance.
At first glance, it looks like an alien straight out of a science fiction movie. Its snout resembles the shape of a well-forged blade ready to cut anything its path and its jaw houses nearly 35–53 upper teeth rows and 31 to 62 lower teeth rows. When it attacks, the jaws thrust out of its face to catch its prey. The size of the adults can vary between 3–4 meters long, and they weigh about 200 kilograms.
Unlike other sharks, the Goblin shark moves slowly and therefore attacks only unaware prey. Since it’s found more at depths ranging from 1300–1370 meters, it has little use for eyes and uses the sand to locate its prey. Though it is not considered to be dangerous, the mere sight of it can give you nightmares. It is also a living fossil of sorts as its ancestry trace back to the Cretaceous period.
Most of its current features strongly point to the primitive characteristics.