The Amazing Creatures That Inhabit The Bottom Of Our Oceans

By Meera Dolasia on May 14, 2009

Thanks to the findings of naturalist, Edward Forbes, for the longest time, scientists believed that no life could exist in our oceans, beyond the depth of 300 fathoms (1,800 ft.

Besides Mr. Forbes findings, scientist knew that as one delves into the depths of the ocean, conditions become extremely tough, making it difficult, if not impossible to survive. For one, there is very little oxygen at that level. Added to that, is the fact that since very little sunlight can penetrate to the bottom, not much can grow, making it difficult to sustain life. And then of course there is the issue of water pressure, which can get pretty intense at those depths.

However, where there is a will, there is a way - and marine researchers have discovered an amazing array of sea creatures that have somehow found a way to survive and even thrive in the deepest depths of our oceans.

Among the fish found are clams, the size of dinner plates and shrimp with eyes on their back. Then, there is the spookfish, who have eyes with a 90-degree range and a transparent skull, which reveals an eerie glowing coral reef-like brain.

What's even more fascinating is how the creatures have adapted themselves to survive in the environment. The black dragon fish emits its own red light, while the crafty male deep-sea angler leachs on to the blood supply of the female (if lucky enough to find one), for a life-long supply of food.

All in all, scientists have discovered over 230,000 new species in the last 100 years. They however believe that there are plenty more - between 500,000 to 10 million new ones of these wonderful creatures, still waiting to be discovered!


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  • bookworm100
    bookworm100Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 5:46 pm
    Let's go deep sea
    • inventor2004
      inventor2004Monday, December 29, 2014 at 8:29 am
      • bosslooking11
        bosslooking11Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:44 am
        I saw some of these on worlds weirdest
        • ultraspartan101
          ultraspartan101Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 9:36 am
          this is way cooooool
          • firelego
            firelegoThursday, November 21, 2013 at 9:34 am
            • mibo
              miboTuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm
              Wow hopefully they find more things under the sea.
              • issieWednesday, March 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm
                thats so cool. I like the pictures
                • MONKEYLOOPTuesday, August 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm
                  OMG cool, i love jelly like creatures!!!!!
                  • cdubbTuesday, June 14, 2011 at 6:26 am
                    these creatures are actually very unique creatures they live on the very bottom and are hard to find most of them have to live on the blood of the females thats why they emit the light as shown in th pics
                    • nomika
                      nomikaTuesday, September 27, 2011 at 7:40 am
                      Thanks for the info... ;P
                    • Lightning LDragoMonday, May 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm
                      Awesome animals!

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