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6 creepy animals that live in the deep sea!
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Researching animals in the deep sea is like saying "hello" to aliens. See the living beings fragile and creepy out.
The bodies of deep sea fish are often see-through. Some have huge eyes and many of the animals glow in the dark (!). Watching them is a real challenge because you can't bring them up to the surface. The pressure is much lower in the air and would cause the animals to perish in agony.
Divers, on the other hand, cannot cope with the strong pressure underwater. Currently, only special diving robots can bring photos and videos back upstairs.
Deep sea frogfish - Illustration: Praha / Shutterstock
6. Which fish lives the deepest?
The record holder is currently a fish of the genus Brotula. It was found in the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 8,370 m.
However, there are crab-like creatures that also live at breathtaking depths: The amphipod lives 5,300 m below the surface of the water!
Deep sea diving robot - Photo: Ingvar Tjostheim / Shutterstock
5. Spooky ghost fish!
Ghost fish owe their name to their almost transparent and therefore very creepy-looking heads. They live 400-2,500 m deep and are therefore dependent on being able to use even the weakest rays of light. The transparent head makes it possible for these to be guided directly to your eyes.
Previously it was assumed that the eyes were fixed upwards in order to recognize approaching enemies from above. But researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California have found that the ghost fish can rotate its lenses.
Ghost fish illustration: Brauer, A. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
4. The bearded dragon fish plays illuminated advertising
Actually, the animals could wait in the deep sea for dead fish that sink from above. But take too long and the animals would have lost all nutrients during this time. So how do deep-sea fish get food?
They are more dependent than any other animal on being able to attract prey. For example through light organs. Incidentally, many deep-sea fish have a noticeably large belly. They also need it, because if they manage to catch a catch, they want to eat everything up in the end.
3. The lantern fish is walking with its lantern
The lantern fish has small pouches under its eyes, which it fills with luminous bacteria. If danger threatens, it is of course clever to make yourself invisible and so the lantern fish simply folds down its eyelids like a blind and shields the light from the small bacteria.
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