These Deep-Sea Creatures Are Something Straight Out A Horror Movie

While we boast of being the first generation to be pushing the limits of humanity beyond our planet, we still are to fully explore the incredible mysteries of our own Earth. Case in point the report by Scientific American, which claims that we still have only properly witnessed and analysed less than 0.05 percent of our oceans. This is comparable to finding an alien planet and only exploring an area the size of Tasmania.

This fact is only reinstated by the astonishing and downright freakish pictures we are going to share with you. These photos feature creatures unknown to man before and have been possible courtesy Roman Fedortsov.

Fedortsov is a deep-sea fisherman who operates in the port city of Murmansk in Russia, located over the relatively shallow Barents Sea, which opens into the Arctic Ocean. While fishing through the coastal region of the Arctic Ocean all the way to the coast of Morocco, Fedortsov caught fish truly incredible and borderline terrifying in their outlook.

And while you might think you know what an anglerfish looks like, but we can bet that the pictures you are about to see will make you think twice about your claim.

Most of them are black as it is the best colour to avoid getting spotted while living in the deep sea. These crazy creatures are unseen because they live in the ‘twilight zone’ of the ocean, known as the Mesopelagic.

This region starts at a depth of 200 to 1,000 metres (660 to 3,300 feet) below the surface of the ocean. And some of them even live further down, in the bathyal zone starting from 1,000 to 4,000 metres deep (3,300 to 13,000 feet), where there is close to zero sunlight.

These ones are a bit cute, though!

So with no sunlight to reflect off their skins, the black colour essentially absorbs every remnant wavelength of light, making these animals effectively invisible in their habitat.

And the same phenomenon also applies to red-hued deep-sea creatures. The US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains:

“The black animals absorb all colours of light available, and the red animals appear black as well; there is no red light to reflect and their bodies absorb all other available wavelengths of light. Thus red and black animals predominate.”

Pure NOPE!

I take my words back. Actually this one is PURE, 100% NOPE, NOPE, NOPE

Imagine being chased down by this!

Or this…

While these fish are best suited living and breeding in their own homes rather than in our palms, the images do give us an opportunity to be humbled and appreciative towards life on our planet Earth and be more considerate about our fellow earthlings.

This one is one of our favourite pic from Fedortsov. You can view a whole lot more of these on his Twitter feed:

 

H/T Gizmodo

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