We tend to take the world as we know it for granted. Lakes, rivers, hills and mountains seem normal, as well as the cycle of day and night. For many animals, though, the world is a very different place; so different, they might as well be living on a different planet. Deep below our oceans exists an alien world. With little light and extreme pressures and temperatures down there, few people have been able to explore. Whenever we do get a glimpse of life in the deep, we are amazed.
The creatures of the deep have adapted to their conditions in extraordinary ways, making for some truly fascinating animals. They range from tiny to gigantic, and from terrifying to amusing. It is often difficult to learn much about these animals. With advancing technology, however, we are able to explore more and more freely. For now, though, we are left with the occasional piece of footage, and the occasional specimen that comes to the surface.
Here’s a look at some of the most interesting deep-sea creatures of all.
10. Colossal Squid
Some giant creatures live in the depths of the oceans. We don’t get to see them often because they live so deep down, but we do find some specimens when they die, float to the surface and wash ashore. The giant squid is one such giant, though it’s not the largest out there. That title goes to the colossal squid, which measures an incredible 46 feet long. As well as being longer than the giant squid, it also has a thicker body, making it even more menacing. It is the largest known invertebrate, and one of the largest known carnivores of all time.
If it wasn’t terrifying enough, the colossal squid’s tentacles are armed with fearsome hooks that enable it to grab onto and hold its prey. These hooks have left deep scars in the hides of sperm whales and their close cousins, the giant squid.