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8 Strange Deep-Sea Creatures (Slideshow)

Giant Isopod

The creature that launched a thousand nightmares, the discovery of the giant isopod in 1879 was crucial to the science of the deep sea. Indeed, the giant isopod was the first confirmation that things could live in such deep waters. The creepy critter can be up to 2 and a half feet long!

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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3:08AM PST on Nov 6, 2014

The Japanese Spider Crab has a gentle disposition? Yeah, no, I wouldn't try tickling its tummy. And the blob fish looks like an old boss of mine. :)

12:18AM PDT on Oct 23, 2014

Thanks for the info

2:18AM PST on Nov 13, 2013

Noted

9:01AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Those anglerfish are A LOT scarier when you google them lol...I think it's the teeth. Terrifying :S

5:42PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Want to cuddle/am scared of the yeti crab. And poor blob fish.

10:08AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Never used to be concerned with getting in the ocean but these are CrEePy!

3:19PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

FUN PICS(:

11:20AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

The giant isopod looks like a dust mite. I noticed some creatures appeared to be dead. Why do they have to kill things to show us?

7:32PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Oh wow those are quite interesting..lol thanks!

4:07PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Oh My goodness. these creatures are truly unique. The blobfish is quite funny!

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