New species are discovered on a daily basis. After all, the world is a wondrous place, and there are discoveries still waiting to be made. Whenever a new species is discovered, it's seen as a groundbreaking advancement of both science and nature.
However, just because people discover new species, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a good thing. Scientists researching new ocean life are always finding new creepy creatures to stalk our dreams. Unfortunately, you don't have to dream about these horrifying finds; these nightmares actually live in our oceans.
The mimic octopus is a fascinating sea creature with the ability to accurately mimic more threatening sea dwellers, such as sea snakes and jellyfish.
This tiny crustacean was recently found along the Atlantic abyss. Not a lot of information has been discovered about this creature, but scientists have been studying it ever since.
This squid has organs that glow, which attract smaller fish ripe for feeding, which makes it an alluring and interesting predator.
The ghost shrimp was recently discovered in the deep depths of the ocean using television assistance technology. it is one of only two thalassinidean crustaceans found in the world, which makes it quite a rarity to find.
From appearance to physically ability, they are far from ordinary. Batfish are not good swimmers; they are bottom dwellers who "walk" across the ocean floor instead of swimming. They have altered pectoral fins that enable them to "walk". On the top of the batfish's head there is a special body part that extends outward called an illicium. They use this illicium as a way to lure in nearby prey.
Christmas Tree Worms
These recently discovered worms are a popular sight for aquatic photographers because of their unique colors and body shape.
This hairy crab is so unusual that a whole new family of animal had to be created to classify it. Its official name is Kiwa hirsuta, and even after a year of study, scientists say there's still much about the crab they don't understand.
These fish are named for their barrel-shaped, tubular eyes, which are generally directed upwards to detect the silhouettes of available prey, which makes them more than capable predators.
This blind lobster has long, bizarre claws and belongs to the rare genus, Thaumastochelopsis, a group previously represented by only four specimens. Good luck finding one of these on your next trip to the ocean.
The sarcastic fringehead is a small but ferocious fish that has a large mouth and aggressive territorial behavior. When two fringeheads have a territorial battle, they wrestle by pressing their distended mouths against each other, as if they are kissing. This allows them to determine which is the larger fish, and the smaller relinquishes the territory.
The giant oarfish is the world's longest bony fish. Its shape is ribbon-like, narrow laterally, with a dorsal fin along its entire length, stubby pectoral fins, and long, oar-shaped pelvic fins, from which its name is derived.
Found in the depths between 2,000 and 2,500 meters, this strange, elongated orange animal has been identified as a neocyema, one of only five specimens ever caught.
Pink See-through Fantasia
This amazing creature was discovered by a team of scientists and underwater photographers. They were from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The experts were working in conjunction with others on a research expedition. Virtually no data is available on this creature to date, but scientists have been investigating the matter ever since its discovery.
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
These dangerous predators are highly coveted in the sea-trade market. They are valuable because of their colorful bodies and rarity, but some consider them to be not worth the trouble of capture. They've been known to devour other inhabitants in a tank, break the glass of an aquarium to escape, and burrow in live rock.
The Census of Marine Life has cataloged at least nine species of rare, primitive, gelatinous "Dumbo" octopods living in the ocean depths. Dumbos hover through the darkness by flapping their giant elephant-like fins.
While not large, the leafy seadragon is slightly larger than most seahorses, growing to about 8–10 in. They feed on plankton and small crustaceans. The leafy protrusions on its body are used only for camouflage and not propulsion.
You won't see me in the ocean this season. I'm taking up residence in a nice pool, where you can clearly see the bottom. That way I'll quickly know whether or not there are any creepy crawlies in there with me.