What is lurking deep down the ocean is not how you imagined it to be! Prepare your eyes to another aquatic beast you have never seen before!

What’s lurking down the ocean is not always how you imagined it to be. You probably would think of colorful fishes, swaying seaweeds and lovely corals. With that alluring aquamarine water surface, who would ever thought something monstrous can be hidden down there.

Well here’s the catch. That enticing water kingdom is just a front. What really is hiding deep down there is this aquatic beast.

The aquatic beast with its wide mouth open, looks it is about to devour something Image from: fineartamerica.com
The aquatic beast with its wide mouth open, looks like it is about to devour something
Image from: fineartamerica.com

 

Look at those big bulging atrocious eyes! Those are not there just to scare you off. That can actually collect light, even the faintest, to make them see things clearly even from afar. The position of their eyes also allows them to see predators from above. This marine hatchet fish is a deep-sea creature that can be found in Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean where temperature is tropical, subtropical or temperate. There is over 40 species of this kind.

Image from: www.realmonstrosities.com
Image from: www.realmonstrosities.com

Wonder how they survive in the dark waters? They have bioluminescence just like their relatives. This serves as a protection from predators. It is a form of camouflage where they produce light to match their background. This ability is also involved in their mating rituals. They prey during the night and eat planktons, crustacean and tiny fish mostly. Even if they are considered to be deep-sea creatures, living in depths ranging from 600-4500 feet, they can jump from the water and catch insects like mosquitoes and flies. This is probably because of their small bodies ranging from 1.1 inches to 4.7 inches.

ArgyropelecusAculeatus, also known as Lovely Hatchetfish Image from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sternoptychidae
ArgyropelecusAculeatus, also known as Lovely Hatchetfish
Image from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sternoptychidae
Marine Hatchetfish Image from: http://www.wild-facts.com/
Marine Hatchetfish
Image from: http://www.wild-facts.com/

Their kind don’t live that long. Their lifespan can last up to less than a year only. However they are able to release large amount of small eggs which means that they will always be more of them lurking in the dark oceans!

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.