The mysteries of the deep yet remain elusive from mankind but every now and then the oceans and seas throw up hints of their elusive nature. Marine species both bizarre and beautiful have frequently found their way into the nets of deep sea fishermen. Roman Fedortsov is one such person who works on a trawler operating from Murmansk in Northwest Russia, throughout his career as a fisherman he has photographed and recorded strange creatures of the deep caught in his nets.
1 Scabbard Fish
The Scabbard fish looks straight like a demon from hell with glassy eyes and dagger shaped teeth.
2 Frilled Shark
This is a strange looking eel with scores of serrated teeth. Considered a living fossil, it is one of the most primitive surviving shark species on the planet.
3 Strange looking fish
Here are two of the strangest fish caught by Fedortsov. The one of the right has just one eye and that too in the weirdest position on top of its head.
4 Jet black fish
Their coal black color could be a preventive trait against predators.
Also called a grenadier, this fish that seems all eyes can be found deep in the Arctic or Antarctic oceans.
The Chimera is an elusive and mysterious fish found only in the deepest recesses of the ocean at depths of 8500 feet, however sometimes they may venture up for food. Also known as the ghost shark, the chimaeras branched off from sharks 400 million years ago and it has eyes that glow in the dark.
7 Lumpfish or lumpsucker
The Lump fish is also sought after for its eggs which make a goat substitute for caviar which is sourced from Sturgeons.
8 Unidentified fish
Here’s a creepy looking fish with a transparent front that could easily qualify as the bizarre and strangest creature from the deep.
9 The Onomatopoeic gurnard
These fish look like dragons because of their large pectoral fins resembling wings
10 Another deep-sea shark
This deep sea shark actually has glowing eyes. Deeps ea fish live in darkness and hence adapt and evolve their physiology accordingly. Many of such species are blind and survive on their heightened senses of pressure and smell. Some also have eyes that are a 100 times more sensitive than the human eye.
11 Fang tooth fish
This species has the largest teeth among all deep sea fish in the ocean.
12 Marine spider
Among the strangest creatures of the deep, the marine arthropod is deep orange in color and some can also be very poisonous. As bizarre and ugly these fish maybe, they are the most mysterious but living links to an evolutionary past and hence should be preserved.