10 Craziest Sea Creatures Recently Discovered!

10 Craziest Sea Creatures Recently Discovered!

From a newly identified glowing shark to anliving sea dragon found in Mexico, here are ten of the craziest sea creatures ever found! 10: Glowing SharknA new species of insane sea creature was just found deep beneath the surface of the oceannoff the coast of New Zealand. The new species is called the kitefin shark,nand believe it or not, it literally glows in the dark. It’s one of three species of glowing sharksnthat scientists currently know about prowling through the oceans. The shark can grow to an amazing length ofnabout 6 feet. This obviously isn’t as big as a tiger sharknor a great white, but it’s still bigger than me and neither of those sharks can glownfluorescent blue!! According to the Smithsonian, the fish wasnhauled up during a survey in one of the deepest parts of New Zealand’s east coast. The shark resides in the twilight zone ofnthe ocean, between 660 and 3300 feet deep. But why is the shark luminescent? As you may already know, bioluminescence isna pretty common feature among fish in the deep dark ocean, as well as squids and otherncreatures. Most cases of bioluminescence involve a specialnchemical compound which glows when interacting with oxygen. However, the shark produces its blue lightnin a slightly different way. Researchers just aren’t exactly sure how orneven why, but they speculate the blue glowing light from the shark’s belly makes it invisiblento prey swimming beneath in the darkness of the deep sea. It also uses its glowing belly to illuminatenprey beneath it for easy hunting. Weirdly, the shark’s fin even glows in thendark. Scientists can’t figure out why that happensneither! 9: Icelandic River MonsternThe video of a strange river monster recently surfaced, showing a long, snake-like creaturenslithering through a glacial river in the country of Iceland. According to locals, the video is proof ofna horrifying legendary sea monster called Lagarfljót or Lagarfljótsormur said to bena serpentine creature that lurks around lakes and rivers sometimes in the water, sometimesncoiled up on shore. However, not everyone is convinced. Some people have suggested the creature innthe video is nothing but a hoax, while others speculate it could just be some kind of ordinarynriver animal. In the footage, the thing seems to be slitheringnupstream. It also appears to be over 10 feet in lengthnand huge. This is just one of many reports of the monster. The first sighting of the mysterious Icelandicnbeast was back in 1345. It was documented in the 15th century, andnit was even drawn on world maps from the 16th century. There were additional sightings in the 1700snand many in the 1900’s. The most recent was 2012. Local legend says the beast is actually antype of worm or slug that has been growing bigger and bigger as the centuries go by. Some reports place it as being longer thanna bus, with many humps on its back. Some say it only lives in freshwater lakes,nand others claim to have spotted it in the coastal waters of Iceland. You never know where the giant worm will shownup! Nobody knows if the monster in the video wasnthe deadly slug from legend, since it vanished and was never seen again. 8: Mysterious Regenerating SlugnA mysterious regenerating slug monster has just been found and has scientists prettynexcited! According to Scientific American, it was researchersnin Japan who made the shocking discovery. They actually found two separate species ofnsea slug both with the ability to chop their heads off and then regrow their bodies fromnthe neck down. It would be like if you could remove yournhead and then grow a brand-new body while throwing the old one in the trash. Even more amazing is that the regenerationnonly takes about two weeks to complete. You’re probably thinking, sure, but therenare lots of animals that practice regeneration in the world. What makes the slug so special? Most animals that can regrow pieces of themselvesnare restricted to regrowing things like legs or tails. These slugs take it to the next level by regrowingntheir whole body!! It’s a feat unsurpassed by any other livingnanimal. According to researcher Sayaka Mitoh, thesenocean slugs represent the most extreme form of regeneration anywhere in nature. And here’s where things get really crazy. The Japanese scientists noticed that the slugsnsometimes decapitate themselves on purpose. The severed head can then survive for severalnweeks by using a special type of photosynthesis to give itself nourishment. The decapitated body also goes on living fornseveral days and up to a few months. Scientists are still trying to figure outnhow exactly the regeneration happens and why the slugs chop off their own heads insteadnof sacrificing a smaller part. Seems a bit overkill don’t you think?? 7: Heatwave JellyfishnDuring the insane heat wave of 2021, some pretty creepy sea creatures have been gettingnwashed up on beaches in the United Kingdom. Locals were shocked to discover dead jellyfishnup to six feet in length stranded on their sandy shores. But locals weren’t nearly as disturbed asnthe scientists who couldn’t believe how barrel jellyfish, animals that inhabit warm coastalnwaters from very far away, ended up in the U.K. in the middle of June. The jellyfish are so out of place here thatnpeople were mistaking them for octopuses or even aliens! These are some of the biggest jellyfish tonever wash-up in Britain. Each jellyfish can weigh up to 77 pounds whichnis heavier than most people’s dogs. They aren’t considered harmful to humans,nthough they can sting, which causes mild irritation but not death or paralysis like other jellyfish. They typically eat plankton, which is probablynwhy they ended up washing ashore. Plankton in shallow waters are easy pickings,nand the jellyfish sometimes don’t realize how big they are and they end up beached. But why were so many washing up during thenheatwave? Could they have been getting cooked rightnout of the ocean? The truth is the scientists don’t quite knownbut it is a major sign that things in the ocean are shifting. All they said to the public was to keep anneye open for the jellyfish when visiting the beach and not to touch them, as they can stillnsting and cause irritation when they’re dead. 6: The Deadliest Washed-Up CreaturesnHundreds of very deadly sea creatures recently washed-up on Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town,nSouth Africa. These fish are deadlier than cyanide and cannkill. They were first discovered by Dr. Tess Gridleynfrom the U.K. while walking with her family along the beach. She saw hundreds of them scattered acrossnthe sand, dead but still dangerous, filled with a horrible neurotoxin that can paralyzenand cause respiratory failure if ingested. Locals were actually advised to stay awaynfrom the beach because of the deadly creatures, which often cause death by cardiac arrest. This was an especially dangerous situationnfor dogs and other pets who might have accidentally tried to munch on one of the animals. The creatures were identified by South Africa’snDepartment of Environment as evil-eye pufferfish. These are the famous deadly pufferfish thatnyou can eat in Japan – but only if prepared by a chef who knows what they’re doing. If you eat a pufferfish that’s been preparednimproperly, you could accidentally eat the neurotoxin and die within minutes. There were about 800 dead pufferfish per milenof shore. In other words, there was a massive die-offnof pufferfish. Hordes and hordes of them washed ashore andnscientists were clueless as to why. They don’t know what happened, if there wasnsome kind of terrifying underwater event that killed them all, or if they simply ended upnon the beach thanks to a freak wave. 5: Faceless BeastnA mysterious sea creature estimated to be over 23 feet long was found rotting on a beachnin the country of Wales. The sea monster had no recognizable face,nit weighed probably around 4 tons, and nobody has been able to identify it. Pictures of the strange creature were putnonline by a local organization known as Marine Environmental Monitoring. They received a call from a worried localnwho first discovered what they described as a large blob on the beach. At first, experts thought they were dealingnwith a whale. But once they arrived on the scene, they didn’tnknow what it was. One of them suggested it could be a baskingnshark, but there was no way to prove it. The creature had already decomposed so muchnthat it was basically a huge pile of sloppy smelly mush, weird bones, and what lookednlike giant teeth. 4: Wandering MeatloafnThere is something very bizarre living in the ocean that scientists call a wanderingnmeatloaf. This is because it looks like a large meatloafnslowly wandering across the ocean floor. It’s actually a type of mollusk that belongsnto the same family as snails and clams. It’s a weird beast with a hard shell and,naccording to new research, teeth that contain an extremely rare form of iron. Scientists from Northwestern University foundnthe mineral santabarbaraite within the teeth of the wandering meatloaf. The leader of the study, Derk Joster, toldnUSA Today that it was a complete accident they made the discovery at all. Here’s what it entails:nThe teeth of the mollusk, known scientifically as a chiton, are about three times hardernthan the teeth in our mouths. This is pretty shocking considering humannteeth are some of the hardest things in nature. Yet the teeth of the wandering meatloaf areneven stronger. Each tooth is attached to a flexible radula,nkind of like a tongue, which scrapes over dirt and rocks and other hard surfaces toncollect algae. During this process, the mineral santabarbaraitensomehow becomes part of the animal’s teeth. Because the mineral is strong and low in density,nit toughens and strengthens the teeth to such a point that the wandering meatloaf can physicallynbite through rocks. This is the only biological animal in whichnscientists have ever found this rare mineral. Previously, it’s only been found in minisculenamounts in geological specimens, meaning rocks. Chitons are now considered to be the animalnwith the strongest teeth in the world, even though it’s only a small marine creature. It uses its teeth to keep feeding on algae,nbusting up rocks like a beaver chews through trees. 3: Dog Killing Sea MonsternA weird sea creature described as an alien monster was recently found stuck in the sandnon an Australian beach. Apparently, the creature is a killer of dogs. This all went down at Leighton Beach nearnthe small Australian city of Fremantle. The person who found it uploaded photos onnthe Internet and asked for help in identifying it. This thing looked like something from anothernplanet, so the beach goer was curious to know if he had found a new sea animal or a newnspecies of extraterrestrial, maybe some kind of weird yellow goo monster. After uploading the picture, it became clearnhe was dealing with a real animal. People were quick to point out that the creaturenwas a nefarious killer of dogs. It’s called a sea hare, and it kind of looksnlike a pile of vomit but is actually a gastropod mollusk. It has a special type of purple ink whichnit can squirt into a dog’s mouth to kill it! Whenever the sea hare becomes scared, it squirtsnthe liquid as a defense mechanism and even if it’s dead if you are walking your dognand it goes to inspect or grab it, it could cause serious damage. According to Culum Brown from the Departmentnof Biological Science, this goo is considered toxic because of a type of algae the animalneats. Thankfully, the dangerous sea hare quicklynwashed back into the ocean and was gone before any dogs could be harmed. 2: Carnivorous SpongesnScientists have just discovered three very strange carnivorous creatures living in thendeep ocean. At first, these monstrosities probably aren’tngoing to scare you. They are known as sea sponges, and they aren’tnthat intimidating. However, they could be scarier than you expected. Sea sponges are multicellular filter feeders,nmeaning their skin is able to filter flowing water and to extract oxygen and food fromnit. At least, most sea sponges operate like that. They’re very simple creatures without nervesnor digestion or even a circulatory system. They’ve also been around for the past 500nmillion years. Carnivorous sea sponges are a bit different. The new ones found by scientists have lostntheir ability to filter flowing water. Instead, they now feast on tiny crustaceansnby using their long, flimsy, tentacle-like limbs. These limbs have tiny hooks on the ends thatnthey use to skewer unsuspecting prey. There’s one reason why these creatures arenso terrifying, it’s all about evolution. The shift from filter feeding to being a voraciousncarnivore with tentacles and hooks is shocking. It’s so shocking that scientists aren’t evennsure how it happened. The creatures were found living at a depthnof around 9000 feet, meaning they aren’t that easy to study. But if they evolved from being peaceful plant-eatersnto hungry savages, there’s no telling what they might turn into next… after anothern500 million years. 1: Living DragonnA couple of fishermen discovered a rare living dragon belched out of the ocean. It happened in Mexico while Noah and JacobnThompson were on their way to do a bit of fly fishing. Before they reached the fishing spot, theyncame across the unbelievable. There was a shimmering sea dragon strandednin the sand just beyond the lapping tide. It was majestic to say the least. The dragon serpent was around 9 feet longnand just a baby. Of course, it wasn’t a legendary dragon. It was actually an oarfish, something oftenndescribed as a dragon of the sea. Not much is known about the mysterious oarfish,nother than that they live over 3000 feet deep in the ocean and grow to be between 50 andn60 feet long. They almost never wash-up on the shore. This was a weird case because the oarfishnwas still alive. Realizing this, the brothers acted quicklynto save its life. They picked the oarfish up gently and putnit back into the water, then watched as it slithered back towards the open ocean. Hopefully it wasn’t too traumatized andnmade it back to the deep ok but usually if it’s washed up on shore it’s not a greatnsign. But hopefully saving the life of an oarfishnis like saving a leprechaun, you’re bound to have good luck in the future! Thanks for watching!! What’s your favorite sea monster? Let me know in the comments. Be sure to hit the subscribe button for morenincredible videos!
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