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Pokračování článku 20 of the Weirdest and Wonderful Creatures In The Ocean

Pokračování článku 20 of the Weirdest and Wonderful Creatures In The Ocean

Pokračování článku 20 of the Weirdest and Wonderful Creatures In The Ocean

6. Giant Squid

6. Giant Squid

The giant squid dwells deep in the ocean. The name giant is true to form as they can grow up to 33 feet! The female squids can grow even bigger, up to 39 feet.

Definitely some nightmare fuel right there. It is thought that their eyes are around the size of a volleyball. Because of where they live in the ocean they are notoriously hard to study.

There have only been a very small number of people who have managed to get footage of a live squid in its natural habitat.

They remain very mysterious and most of what is known about them are thanks to the dead carcasses of the giant squid floating up to the water's surface and caught by fishermen in trawlers.

As they live in the deep sea, they span a very large amount of depth. Although scientists have never been able to find out for sure, it is thought that they reside from around 980 feet under the sea to a whopping 3280 feet.

No wonder they are so difficult to study! This has meant that they have adapted over time to be able to live at these dark depths. Their eyes are the largest in the animal kingdom, enabling them to see their prey with ease in the dark waters.

Their prey is thought to consist of other deep sea dwelling fish and even other giant squids! Their main predator is assumed to be the sperm whale, due to beached sperm whales being found with scars that resemble the suckers from a giant squid.

7. Red-lipped Batfish

This weird little fish is found off the coast of the Galapagos islands. They are, for this reason, also known as the Galapagos Batfish.

They get their name from the fact that their mouths are surrounded by what looks like red lipstick.

Their shape makes them look like an animal in flight, hence the reference to the bat. It is for this reason that they are not the strongest swimmers in the ocean. In fact, they are known to scurry quite clumsily along the bottom of the ocean.

They have an illicium, which is commonly found on anglerfish, to attract and lure prey. Their prey tends to consist of other small fish (smaller than them), as well as crustaceans.

7. Red-lipped Batfish

They are covered in what looks like thorns, which act as a deterrent for any possible predators.

They grow to just over 9 inches in total. In terms of their dwellings, they can be found at around 10 feet to 249 feet under the ocean.

Due to the scurrying motion that they do, as already discussed, you would be forgiven for thinking that they are some kind of crab. However, those are not legs or claws that help them scurry, but anal, pectoral, and pelvic fins.

Source: https://addhelium.com/weirdest-creatures-in-the-ocean/

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