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In the deep sea – the lowest layer of the ocean, there are strange creatures which may become the most strangest and terrifying but will interest and inspire you. Dumbo octopuses, Yeti crab and blind lobster are just some of them.

8. Dumbo Octopuses

In deep ocean, Dumbo poulpe (Grimpoteuthis) is a genus of pelagic umbrella octopus. This creature has large ear like fins that resemble the Disney character Dumbo. When it swims, it spreads its arms out to form a skirt-like shape around its body.

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7. Yeti Crab

Yeti crab or Yeti lobster (binomial name is Kiwa hirsuta) was discovered in 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean. This creature is notable for the quantity of silky blond fur covering its pereiopods. Its hairy pincers contain filamentous bacteria so that Yeti crab can use to detoxify poisonous minerals from the water emitted by the hydrothermal vents where it lives.

6. Neocyema

Neocyema (binomial name is Neocyema erythrosoma) was discovered in the depth between 2,000 and 2,500m. This creature has a long narrow snout with delicate, fine-boned jaws and small teeth. Its eyes are small and the whole fish is in a bright orange-red colour.

5. Transparent Sea Cucumber

Transparent sea cucumber or Enypniastes was discovered at a depth of 2,750 m. It moves forward creepingly on its many tentacles at about 2cm per minute. This creature eats detritus, sediment.

4. Blind Lobster

This bizarre creature has long and strange claws and belongs to the rare genus Thaumastochelopsis. It was collected at a depth of about 300m. The lobster has scientific name Dinochelus ausubeli in which dinos means “terrible or fearful”, chela means “claw” and ausubeli honours the sponsor of the Census of Marine life.

3. Golden Copepod

This strange creature is a tiny crustacean collected from the Atlantic abyss. Like other crustaceans, golden copepods have an armoured exoskeleton.  They have a short, cylindrical body with a rounded head.

2. Benthic Comb Jelly

Benthic comb jelly (scientific name is Abyssobenthic ctenophore) is a jellyfish living at a depth of 7,217 metres within the Ryukyu trench off the Japan coast. It is the deepest dwelling ctenophore discovered. The appearance of this strange creature has been said to resemble a two-tailed box kite.

1. Ghost Shrimp

Ghost Shrimp, also known as skeleton shrimp, are excellent scavengers.  It was found at the depth of 1,324 metres by the researchers using a television-assisted grabbing tool. It is easily recognized because of slender elongated bodies. This creature with threadlike slender body helps to virtually disappear among the fine filaments of seaweed, hydroids…

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