Despite its terrifying name, the vampire quid from hell isn’t all that bad. Unlike other cephalopods, the vampire squid doesn’t eat live prey. Instead it eats organic debris called “marine snow.” So, this little guy is docile, comparatively.
More like nightmare sea lice. The giant isopod looks like something that should be fossilized, not moving around on the ocean floor. These horrifying sea bed bugs can grow up to over two feet long. Yikes.
The gulper eel, also known as the pelican eel, have enormous jaws. They are capable of swallowing prey whole. In fact, they can swallow prey the size of their own body. Oh, and they can grow up to six-feet-long.
While it looks innocuous, a run-in with a box jellyfish may be the last thing you ever see. These extremely venomous creatures are found off the coast of Australia (as is mostly everything poisonous and deadly). It’s 15 tentacles can reach up to 10 feet long, and each one is covered in hundreds of thousands microscopic venomous darts. One box jellyfish can kill about 60 humans. This deadly and bizarre creature also has 24 eyes, four brains and 60 anal cavities.
Just imagine looking down at the sea floor and seeing that horrifying mug gazing up at you. The stargazer is a frightening fish that hides in the send and bursts out to catch its prey. It also has the capability to zap an unsuspecting passerby with 50 volts of electricity.
How can we make a list about terrifying sea creatures and not include this beauty? The female angler fish has a face only a mother can love. These deep-sea freak shows can grow up to three-feet-long. The females have a bioluminescent lure that it uses to draw unsuspecting prey into its gaping mouth. The male angler fish is puny in comparison and when it is ready to mate it acts as a parasite, latching onto the female with sharp teeth. It then fuses with the female’s body, shedding all of its organ except for its testes.
Yes, the giant squid is big, but the colossal squid is even bigger. The colossal squid can get to 46-feet-long while the giant squid grows up to 43-feet-long. In 2007, a colossal squid (this one was only 14-feet) was captured in a fishermen’s net and was brought on the boat. It weighed over 1,000 pounds. It’s also got a massive sharp beak in between all those tentacles, perfect for chopping off fingers.
Frilled sharks have a total of 300 razor-sharp teeth across 25 rows. If that’s not scary enough, this creature kills its prey like a boa constrictor, by squeezing it to death by its six-foot-long, eel-like body.
Keep this sea devil the hell away from me. Crabs are already kind of creepy since they are essentially the spiders of the sea. Getting pinched by crab can put a hamper on your beach day. Now imagine getting pinched by a crab with a 12-foot-long leg span. Giant spider crabs are huge, and they can get up to 42 pounds. But, just think of all that crab meat. They must be delicious. In fact, they are considered a delicacy in Japan.
While these things are pretty to look at, it’s what they can do to you that is terrifying. This tiny pretty octopus found off the coast of Australia (no surprise there) packs a venomous bite. While there’s only been three death-related to blue-ringed octopus, the bite will make you feel like you’re about to die. Oh, and there’s no anti-venom.
Snakes are already terrifying on land, but a snake in the ocean? I’m planning my next vacation somewhere landlocked. To top it off, this snake is incredibly venomous. To make matters even worse, the beaked sea snake is aggressive and accounts for the majority of sea snake-related deaths.
The barreleye fish isn’t as horrifying as it is eerie. It reminds me of something out of a David Lynch movie, the way it floats around in oblivion with its transparent head. It just gives me the shivers. By the way, while it looks like those two protrusions over its mouth are its eyes, they’re not. Those are nostrils. Its eyes are those green jelly orbs inside its head.