This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean…And It’s Made Of Pure Nightmares

This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean...And It's Made Of Pure Nightmares

Despite knowing more about the ocean depths than we’ve ever known before, it’s still safe to say that there are many untold horrors lurking there, miles beneath the surface. Of the few we know about, they would best be described as alien creatures.

The deep-sea hatchetfish certainly meets that standard.

These freaky-looking creatures are found in the temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

Beyond their generally creepy appearance, these buggers have also evolved bioluminosity to help them catch food in the dark depths of the ocean.

We don’t encounter them much at the ocean’s surface. They spend most of their time at depths of anywhere from 160 feet to almost a mile down.

This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean...And It's Made Of Pure Nightmares

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The shape of their body is where they get the name hatchetfish from.

While they share a name, deep-sea hatchetfish are not related to their much less creepy counterparts found in fresh bodies of water around the world.

Ugh, that has got to be literally the creepiest fish in the world. I guess the only saving grace of drowning in the ocean is that I’ll be long dead before my body reaches the depths that these fish call home.

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Surprised looking deep sea fish with strange light organs - rare video

Very rare video of a living silver hatchet fish from the deep sea (Argyropelecus aculeates). It's bright and thin silver body is highly polished and reflects the slightest of ambient light, and is a surprising type of camouflage in the deep dark waters. Found at middle depths from 2000 ft (600m) to the sea bed, and migrating up at night, it has light organs outline its body (called photophores). It's thought that from below it can match light coming from the surface to make itself invisible ( counter illumination). They are thought to hunt prey from below with their upward turning mouth, that gives it a surprised look! You can see the light cells in the shots from underneath, but in the white light needed to film they do not glow. Very few people have ever seen a living deep-sea hatchet fish , although there are similar shallow marine and fresh water types that do not have light cells, but the freshwater ones are not closely related and thought to be convergent in their evolutionary design. Little is known of their life history but they are not thought to live for more than a year. Their spawning grounds are unknown. Likely found worldwide in the deep oceans.

This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean...And It's Made Of Pure Nightmares
This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean...And It's Made Of Pure Nightmares
This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean...And It's Made Of Pure Nightmares
This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean...And It's Made Of Pure Nightmares
This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean...And It's Made Of Pure Nightmares

This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean...And It's Made Of Pure Nightmares

This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean...And It's Made Of Pure Nightmares

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