I just want to spark a bit of interest here for some people that may have never heard of such things...
I don't know if this is technically crypto, but they are quite weird animals. I have been interested in deepsea fish for quite a while. There are so
many crazy looking species down there in the DEEP sea, and new ones are being discovered every day! So few people even know these things exist. Sure,
a lot of us have heard of the giant squid and Coelacanth, but that's about where it ends for most people. I searched and couldn't find any threads
on this topic, so I thought I would share some of the most bizarre looking ones. Some are so rare that there aren't even real pictures but only
illustrations, but they are all verified to exist.
I considered posting pictures of each one, but it would be far too hard to give credit to each person, and I don't want to violate any copyrights by
doing so. Here is just one crazy example:
Source: NORFANZ (A department of the Australian National Oceans Office)
A Fathead (genus Psychrolutes) trawled during the NORFANZ expedition at a depth between 1013 m and 1340 m, on the Norfolk Ridge, north-west of New
Zealand, June 2003 (AMS I.42771-001). Photo: K. Parkinson © Australian Museum. The scientists and crew on board the RV Tangaroa affectionately called
this fish 'Mr Blobby'. Note the parasitic copepod on Mr Blobby's mouth.
This is far from a comprehensive list, but try Googling these and see what kinds of crazy pictures you can get:
Deep sea Angler (Also known as Monkfish)
Grenadier (add word "Fish" to your search or you won't find it)
Chambered Nautilus (I personally believed these were extinct for quite a while)
See also: Ammonite
Giant Isopod (Previously featured here on ATS in one of those "WHAT THE HECK IS THIS?" threads)
Greeneye (add word "Fish" to your search or you won't find it)
Chin Whisker (Fish)
There are MUCH, much more! Try a search in Google Images for "Deep sea fish" and see the kind of crazy stuff that turns up. Search for websites with
other variations of "Deepsea fish" "Deep sea fish", or specific species. Then just follow the links from there and you'll stumble onto even
I'd like to see some other people come back with some crazy finds of their own.
Deepsea fish rule!
PS: I hold no responsibility if you suddenly never want to go swimming again
[edit on 5-10-2005 by Yarcofin]