12 frightening ocean creatures

Deep below the surface of the oceans; places that few humans ever go, live some of the most frightening creatures on Earth.

This list compiles the strange and the rare; the dangerous and the harmless. One thing they all have in common though; they appear nothing like what we picture in our mind when thinking of oceanic animals and everything we might picture in a nightmare. Take a look at the 12 creatures listed below and see for yourself!

1. Goblin Shark:

1. Goblin Shark:

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These rare sharks are often called living fossils and range anywhere from 10 to 18 feet long; they are identified by a long snout and large, razor-sharp teeth. They typically live in deep waters and feed on creatures such as crustaceans. One of the most recent sightings was by a fisherman off of the coast of Key West, Florida in April, 2014.

2. Zombie Worms:

2. Zombie Worms:

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These small animals are sometimes known as Bone-Eating worms because they feed on the bones of dead whales. They do this by releasing a strong acid which dissolves the bone, releasing the nutrients inside. If that isn’t strange enough, only the female worms do this; this is because male zombie worms are microscopic and actually live inside of the females.