10 Sea Creatures That Demonstrate How Wild The Earth Is

Have you ever taken a look at the strange and wonderful organisms that live in our planet’s oceans? Here’s just a small sample of all the amazing creatures that live beneath the waters!

  1. Sunflower Sea Star
    With a maximum arm span of one meter, the Sunflower Sea Star is one of the world’s largest starfish. It is a predatory invertebrate that feeds on lesser invertebrates. When the Sunflower Starfish eats its victim, it extrudes its stomach and wraps it around the animal, then liquifies the animal, leaving only the skeleton. Its stomach actually pops out and melts other animals.

2. Frilled Shark
The Frilled Shark, which is commonly referred to as a living fossil since it has rarely evolved in the 80 million years it has been on the planet, is as ancient as garbage! Because they have scarcely evolved in the 80 million years they have lived on Earth, the Frilled Shark is commonly referred to as a living fossil. They’re basically as ancient as shit!

The shark is named after its frilly gills, has over 200 sharp teeth, and lunges at its prey like a snake. This prehistoric fish lives in the deepest reaches of the ocean, where little is known about it, making it exceedingly enigmatic.

3. Pycnogonid Sea Spider
Sea Spiders, like their land-based counterparts, come in a variety of colors and sizes, ranging from 3cm to 50cm (A 50cm SPIDER!).

Sea spiders scavenge the juices of soft-bodied invertebrates on the seabed, which is both fascinating and dangerous. Male Sea Spiders transport their eggs in a special pair of legs, which I’ll refer to as “egg legs.”

These are without a doubt the most otherworldly-looking creatures on the list.

4. Sea Angel
A marine slug known as the Sea Angel. It gets its name from the transparent look of its skin and the wing-like flaps it utilizes to swim. Sea angels are little, measuring roughly 5cm in length. They feed primarily on marine butterflies and beat their wings in a rowing motion one to two times each second.

It’s one of my favorites on this list since you can view the insides of the slugs while still maintaining its beauty!

5. Portuguese man o’ war
The “Portuguese man of war,” Physalia physalis, is sometimes misidentified as a jellyfish, but it is actually a siphonophore. The man o’ war is a siphonophore, which is an animal made up of a colony of organisms that work together.
The highest polyp of the man o’ war is a gas-filled bladder that floats above the water and resembles an old vessel. The man o’ war’s tentacles can reach a length of 165 feet and contain poison that can kill small fish and other small animals. Although it cannot kill people, it can cause a painful sting. If you’re like me and want to know how that strangely lovely gas-bag feels, think carefully.

6. Striated Frogfish
The Hairy Frogfish (Antennarius striatus) uses its unusual look to blend in with its surroundings. It can also change color to match its surroundings, so it’s not just a lovely face!

The front dorsal fin of the frogfish functions as a lure, moving around like a little fish or worm while the fish remains totally still, waiting for passing prey. It has the ability to consume animals nearly twice its own size. That’s some delicious food!

7. Flamingo Tongue Snail
A little marine mollusk that lives in tropical waters, the Flamingo Tongue Snail. It has a bright orange shell with black markings that, despite its name, bears no similarity to a flamingo, but it is really attractive!

8. The Whitemargin Stargazer
Whitemargin Stargazers are frequently discovered buried in the sand, with their mouth and eyes visible, waiting for impending prey. The Whitemargin’s most unusual feature is that it has electric organs behind its eyes that it uses to stun its prey with a shock of up to 50 volts. Pikachu, get out of here!

9. Japanese Spider Crab
The Giant Spider Crab is the most massive of its kind. It has a four-meter leg span and is said to have the longest longevity of any crab, living up to 100 years. Just in case you needed any more proof of how bizarre these creatures are, the spider crab has a striking resemblance to the creature that is connected to that guy’s face in the film Alien.

Spider crabs that are younger use kelp to paint their shells, which helps them hide from predators. Not only is the spider crab massive and frightening, but it also understands how to accessorize!

10. Jawfish
Jawfish dig holes in the sand and dive into them for protection when they are attacked by predators. The males of the jawfish hold their eggs inside their jaws, which is probably the oddest thing about them. They keep them safe for 1-2 weeks before hatching and releasing them into the wild like a lovely sicky miracle.

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