Do you occasionally enjoy the peace and quiet of a nice day out on the waves? Love the occasional cute sea creature that pops up to say hello when you’re chilling at the beach? Well, then you may have come to the wrong place! Here we’ve collected a list of some of the most disturbing scary sea creatures that roam beneath the waves. We’ve scoured the depths of the deepest waters to find a list of creepy creatures and scary fish that prove that the deep sea and ocean depths are the most horrifying places on Earth.
You may think twice about taking up Scuba-diving after getting a load of some of these deep sea fish, who range from weird to terrifying. While some of these guys (or maybe they’re gals, who can be sure?), such as the Dumbo octopus, could possibly be considered cute in the right light, others such as the goblin shark are just plain terrifying. Among this collection, you’ll find both deep sea dwellers that have been known to mankind for quite some time, as well as others that were only discovered as recently as the past decade and remain relatively mysterious.
So if you’re ready to get a load of what lurks beneath the surface, take a look at some of the most bizarre deep sea creatures the oceans have to offer. We’ve got a wide range of creatures from the harmless to the lethal, all of which sport the wildly bizarre looks that can only be found way beneath the waves. Whether they’re bottom-dwellers or deep sea swimmers, many of these freaky fish have looks that only a mother fish could love.
The Super Scary Fanfin Seadevil
The Deadly Looking Dragonfish
The Sinister Looking Lancet Fish
The Ghoulish Looking Goblin Shark
The Spooky Looking Snaggletooth
The Very Scary Viperfish
The Freaky Looking Frilled Shark
The Frightening Fisherman Angler
The Creepy Looking Longhorn Cowfish
The Very Frightening Fangtooth
The Startling Looking Stargazer
The Petrifying Pacific Blackdragon
The Ghastly Looking Ghost Shark
The Big Bad Black Swallower
The Spooky Looking Snakehead Fish
The Horrifying Looking Hatchetfish
The Eerie Gulper Eel
The Sinister Looking Elephant Shark
The Menacing Looking Monkfish
The Gruesome Looking Grenadier
The Giantically Giant Squid
The Kind of Creepy Kiwa Crab
The Weird Looking Squidworm
The Weird and Wily Seapig
The Very Scary Looking Vampire Squid
The Hair-Raising Hagfish“Hagfish” are sometimes called “Slime Eels,” even though they aren’t actually eels at all. They do however live up to the slime part, producing up to a milk jug’s worth of hard-to-remove slime when threatened. They are sort of like the vultures of the ocean, as they often feed on dead or dying creatures, sometimes by burrowing into them and eating their way out. Ick.
The Beasty Looking BatfishThe “Batfish” is a bizarre little bottom-dweller that looks like he’s wearing lip stick. Though they aren’t great swimmers, batfish have little appendages that allow them to walk around on the ocean floor, where they often hide in the sand and lure prey into their mouths.
The Ghoulish Giant Spider CrabCrab legs, anyone? This guy doesn’t think so. The ” Giant Spider Crab” can have a leg span up to 12 feet and weigh up to 42 pounds!
The Extremely Rare Sofa Shark
This little buddy was discovered in 2015 by scientists from Marine Scotland. They were able to capture a photo of the sofa shark through their Scottish Shark Tagging Program.
The Super Creepy CoffinfishWell, let’s just say the poor “Coffinfish” sure hasn’t won any beauty contests lately. These spiny, flabby little guys are actually sea toads who live in the waters of the southeastern Pacific at depths of 164–984.3 feet.
The Super Quick Striking Mantis ShrimpYou might think twice before using the term “shrimp” as an insult after meeting the “Mantis Shrimp,” one of the most creatively violent creatures on earth. They have two non-assuming looking appendages in the front of their body, which can actually shoot out with the speed and force of a bullet fired from a 22 caliber rifle. The speed at which this little guy’s limbs can move causes the water around him to boil, creating an underwater shock wave which can kill creatures in its path, even if the super shrimp misses them when he strikes!
The Bizarre Looking BarreleyeThe “Barreleye” has eyes on top of its head, which it can use to scan for upward floating prey while looking like it’s minding its own business. It also sports an alien-like, transparent dome on its head and is commonly referred to as a “spook fish.”
Even though it may be among the better looking creatures on the list, the “Blue-Ring Octopus” is also among the most dangerous. Not only does it have incredibly potent venom, there is no known antivenin if you fall victim.
The Eerie Looking Giant IsopodThese bottom dwelling guys are called ” Giant Isopods” and love to burrow into the mud and clay floors of oceans around Japan and China. Due to their incredibly slow metabolisms, they can go years without eating but also conserve their energy by never moving around very much.Though the “Megamouth Shark” has one of the most impressively huge sets of chompers we’ve ever come across, it’s also incredibly rare and wasn’t even discovered until 1976. Only about 60 have ever been sighted, as of 2015.
The Strange Looking Snipe EelThese snaky looking guys are called “Snipe Eels” and have long, almost bird-like beaks. Their incredibly slender bodies can grow up to 60 inches long and they live mostly on small, shrimp-like crustaceans.
The Bizarre Looking Blob FishThe “Blob Fish,” once declared the world’s ugliest living organism, tends to hang out at depths of around 2,000 to 3,900 feet. Its body is mostly a gelatinous mass of flesh that’s slightly less dense than water. This allows it to hover above the sea floor without using any energy, eating mostly things that happen to float into it’s path.
The Menacing Mighty Claw Lobster“Ausubel’s Mighty Claw Lobster” lives up to its name with a claw that looks like a giant built-in chainsaw. A relatively new find, the first one ever collected was found in 2007 in the Philippine Sea, off the island of Luzon.
The Big Bad Red Jellyfish“Big Red Jellyfish” were discovered in 2003 and are so rare that only 23 sightings have been reported. They can grow up to 30 inches in diameter and live between 2,000 and 4,900 feet below the surface.
The Weird Looking Acorn WormThis weird little worm is called the “Acorn Worm” and though many of its species are much smaller, some have been known to grow up to eight feet in length. Despite its creepy appearance, the acorn worm mostly feeds off of detritus found in mud or sand on the ocean floor.
The Harrowingly Hairy FrogfishThis hairy looking little guy is aptly named the “Hairy Frogfish” and although only it’s about eight inches long, it can swallow prey as large as itself. It also has the ability to change color over time in order to blend in with the environment, making camouflage one of its specialties.
The Surprisingly Lethal LionfishThough they may be colorful, “Lionfish” are skilled hunters and not to be trifled with. These venomous little guys feed mostly on other fish, invertebrates, and mollusks, and swallow their prey in one swift motion.
The Slightly Disturbing Dumbo OctopusThe “Dumbo Octopus,” which kind of looks like a giant floating alien head, was named after the Disney character because of its large ear-like fins.
The Awfully Creepy AmphipodThough the “Amphipod” may be a creepy looking little guy, he’s generally known as a scavenger and doesn’t grow much larger than a foot long at the most. He and his pals look like of like see through sea ticks. Gross!
The Frightening Looking FrogfishThese short, stocky little guys are known as “Frogfish” and are masters of disguise. Not only do they have a coral-like appearance in general, they can also change colors in order to blend in with their surroundings. This not only protects them from predators but allows them to lie in wait for prey, which they then strike out at rapidly.
The Weird Giant Tube Worm“Giant Tube Worms” are creatures that live in plant-looking tubes affixed to the bottom of the ocean floor. When all is safe, they project a red “plume” that gathers nutrients from the surrounding sea water.
The Super Stealthy Leafy SeadragonA close relative of the seahorse, this little guy is known as the “Leafy Seadragon” and is one of the best disguised creatures on the planet. Often content to float around like seaweed, which it’s often mistaken for, the seadragon survives on tiny crustaceans such as mysids, or sea lice.