Have you ever watched the deep-sea episode of The Blue Planet: A Natural History Of The Oceans? It's titled “The Deep," and it's amazing (and on Netflix). It's basically a 48-minute parade of progressively weirder and weirder deep sea creatures that inhabit the ocean's darkest depths. Here are 9 of the most bizarre.
1. This Giant Amphipod
It's 12-centimeters long and pretty much invisible, and that's 12 centimeters of invisible underwater shrimp alien that we do not want anywhere near us.
2. This Comb Jelly
This deep-sea creature propels itself through the water using thousands of super-tiny cilia on its sides, which is a long way of saying OH MY GOD LOOK AT IT IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.
3. This Colonial Jelly
If you love getting stung from 40 meters away, then you'll love this guy.
4. This Hatchetfish
It's got these photophore cells on its underbelly and reflective sides that basically make it invisible to the naked eye. Anyone else feel uneasy right now? Anyone? Bueller?
5. OH MY GOD, THIS
IT KILLED THE HATCHETFISH. IT KILLED THE HATCHETFISH DEAD.
6. This Fangtooth
The appropriately named fangtooth has the largest fangs in the ocean, proportionate to body size.
7. This Deep-Sea Jelly
Since red light normally never reaches such depths, this creature stays perfectly concealed, in all of its red -- no, blood-red glory.
8. This Gulper Eel
This creep just sort of stays in one place waiting to breathe creepily over your shoulder. I mean, find its prey.
9. This Deep-Sea Angler Fish
This angler is capable of bioluminescence thanks to a kind of bacteria inside its lure, which it uses to attract prey. Also, this is a female angler -- male anglers are super-small in comparison and latch onto females bellies, permanently fusing onto them and eventually becoming nothing more than a reproductive sack. How is this fish real?