The ocean, a vast world full of mystery and wonder. Home to countless creatures you can only imagine in your worst nightmare. Most of the animals in this list are things you rather won’t come across, so don’t worry, reading this post won’t do you any harm. Below is a list of the top 7 creepy animals in the ocean.
Japanese spider crab
While they taste yummy (who can resist crab salad on a sandwich?), they obviously look a bit creepy. If you haven’t heard of the Japanese Spider Crab Yet, You’ll surely freak out if an army of the monster crabs came walking toward you when chilling on a Japanese beach. As you might have guessed, these animals live in the seas around Japan and are hunted down because they are considered a delicacy. What makes this type of crab pretty terrifying is the fact that the Japanese Spider crab is also the biggest type of crab in the world and has a leg span of up to 5.5 meters (18ft)!
The ocean produces quite a few monsters we don’t want to have a nice meeting with. We believe the Pacific Viperfish qualifies to be called one of the most creepy animals in the ocean. This predatory fish lives in deep waters (200-5000 meters below the ocean surface) and only comes out into more shallow waters to hunt for food. We can only imagine what it must be like to be the bait of this particular fish. Luckily for us humans, we don’t have to experience a bunch of hungry Atlantic Viperfish chasing us around until it has been properly fed.
An amazing creature found in the deep seas of the ocean is called the Barreleye fish. What’s so amazing about it is that they have a transparent head. This along with the ability to rotate their eyes makes it possible for them to avoid capture by larger predators. Only in the ocean will you find animals that actually have a transparent head, and while it doesn’t look too scary as opposed to some of the other monsters we discuss in this list, we must admit that it’s still a weird sight.
Isopods aren’t just sea animals but are actually also found on land such as the woodlouse you might sometimes encounter. Because giant isopods live in the deep sea, they have developed some sort of gigantism, creating a very scary monster in the process. While their counterparts on land don’t grow much bigger than a centimeter, the giant isopod can grow up to half a meter long.
The movie “Jaws” portrayed sharks as blood-thirsty killers, sweeping around the coastline to kill human beings while having a good time. While attacks do happen and sharks do look scary, they usually mistake people for their daily meals. Talking about scary, the Goblin shark is one of the most terrifying creatures on the planet and would instill even more fear if a movie was made about them.
Another dangerous and feared predator of the ocean is the Anglerfish. It doesn’t just look scary, it’s also feared because of the way it’s hunting its prey. It appears this fish has some sort of antenna on its head, which he uses to lure in other fish and devour them. At the tip of the antenna, there is some sort of light that attracts other fish’s curiosity. Before they understand what’s going on it’s too late. The moment they swim in front of this monster’s big mouth because of their attraction to the light, he takes one bite and the little victim is history.
Crabs are usually caught because they taste so yummy. This is contrary to their appearance which is at closer observation a bit scary. The Spiny King Crab is no different. They look a bit like the big scary spiders you find in the rainforests as they have 8 legs and pins sticking out of them. Unlike their scary counterparts living in humid conditions, these creatures live in the cold waters of the ocean, so you don’t have to worry about any of them sneaking into your bedroom at night.