8 Rarely Seen Animals That Call The Deep Sea Home!

7. Japanese Spider Crab

One look at these odd-looking deep sea dwellers and you’ll know exactly where they get their name. They’re crabs, but their creepy long legs make them look like some sort of prehistoric spiders! See:

Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Rixie
Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Rixie

Think I’m being rude in calling them creepy? I may have buried the lead. These critters are massive! Seriously. They can weigh more than 40 pounds and can span 18 feet from claw to claw! Also, while most crabs feed on algae, these guys will eat basically anything and will sometimes scavenge the ocean floor for the dead animals. Oh. And did I mention they can live for an entire century!?

6. Fangtooth Fish

This homely fish might give the anglerfish a run for its money in the looks department. While their fang-filled mouths aren’t going to allow them to win any deep sea beauty pageants, they do come in handy when it’s time to feed.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Citron / CC-BY-SA-3.0
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Citron / CC-BY-SA-3.0

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The fangtooth fish, unlike other deep sea dwellers, lacks light producing organs or special tricks to attract prey. Instead of waiting for their meal to come to them, these fish are active hunters. They rely heavily upon their sense of smell and the occasional shadow to signal it’s time to attack. While they don’t always end up with a tasty feast, those big, fang-filled mouths definitely help increase their odds!

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