Eerie Beauties of the Deep: A 3-Part Series of Photos

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A century ago, no one believed life could exist in the deep sea. What living thing could survive utter darkness or in water so cold only the salt kept it from freezing? And what fish could withstand water pressure up to 16,000 pounds per square inch?

Today we know the deep sea teems with life—and it looks like nothing else on our planet. Over the next week, Dashburst will take a look. Just imagine yourself diving into the deep—feel that brush against the back of your neck?

Blobfish

Blobfish

 

Aka: Psychrolutes marcidus

Depth: 2,000’ to 3,900’

The blobfish has no need for muscle—it floats just above the sea floor gobbling whatever edible matter floats its way. Described as a “gelatinous mass,” its flesh is only slightly denser than water.

The blobfish, frequently caught as bycatch in the nets of bottom trawlers, now faces extinction.

 

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Viperfish

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Aka: Mesopelagic

Depth: Up to a mile

Some are jet black or transparent with glowing organs which attract prey.

 

 

Deep Sea Viperfish Chauliodus sloani

 

Dragonfish

Stimias Boas Scaly Dragonfish

 

Aka: Grammatostomias flagellibarba

Depth: Up to a mile

Though only six inches long, the Dragonfish is known as a ferocious predator. It uses a lighted tale, which it flashes and waves around, to attract prey.

 

Dragonfish

 

Gulper Eel

gulper eel

 

Aka: Eurypharynx pelecanoides

Depth: 3000’ to 6000’

This eel can grow up to 6’ long and, like a snake, it can swallow animals larger than itself. The Gulper Eel is sometimes called a pelican eel as it can store food in its lower jaw.

 

Long-Nosed Chimaera

 

Long-nosed chimaera

Aka: Harriotta raleighana

Depth: 8,000’

Up to 5’ long, the long-nosed chimaera goes by such names as “ghost shark.” Its spines dorsal fins are venomous. The poison is said to be strong enough to kill a person.

 

 

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Fangtooth



 

Aka: Anoplogaster cornuta

Depth: Up to 16,400’or over 3 miles

When it closes its jaw, this fish’s longest teeth actually go up beside its brain.

 

Fangtooth

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