Underwater Aliens!

By Alex Gryciuk 

What’s at the bottom of the ocean? Scaling 35,000 feet, the ocean floor and what lives on it has always been a mystery. However, with new technology and research, marine biologists have finally answered that question. What they’ve found are some fascinating creatures that look like underwater aliens. Read down below to learn about three funky fish that live at the bottom of the sea!

  1. Fangtooth

The fangtooth, scientifically known as Anoplogaster cornuta, is a deep-sea fish with a menacing appearance. Its most prominent feature is its disproportionately large, needle-like teeth that give it a ferocious appearance.Despite their intimidating appearance, fangtooths are relatively small in size, typically reaching lengths of about 15 centimeters (6 inches), and they primarily feed on small fish and crustaceans in their deep-sea habitat.

2. Sea sapphire copepods


Sea sapphire copepods, also known as Sapphirina copepods, are tiny marine creatures that exhibit a mesmerizing iridescent blue coloration when in motion. They belong to a group of zooplankton and are found in oceans worldwide. The stunning iridescence of sea sapphire copepods is a result of a phenomenon called structural coloration, where the microscopic ridges on their exoskeleton refract and reflect light to create vibrant hues.These copepods are not only visually captivating but also play a crucial role in the marine ecosystem as they serve as a vital food source for various marine organisms, including fish and whales.

3. Cock-eyed Squid

The cock-eyed squid, scientifically known as Histioteuthis heteropsis, is a fascinating deep-sea creature with a striking and unusual feature – its eyes are of different sizes. One eye is significantly larger than the other, with the smaller eye adapted for viewing upwards while the larger eye is specialized for scanning the depths below.This unique adaptation allows the cock-eyed squid to effectively detect prey and potential predators in both the dimly lit upper water column and the darker depths, maximizing its chances of survival in its deep-sea habitat. The species is also known for its bioluminescent capabilities, able to produce mesmerizing light displays through specialized light-emitting organs called photophores, which are located on various parts of its body. These bioluminescent displays may serve various purposes, including communication and attracting prey.