Chiasmodon niger, a deep sea fish sometimes called “the black swallower,” can devour fish larger than itself.
The funny looking roundnose grenadier.
As an adaptation to low temperatures, the Antarctic ice fish has no red blood pigments and no red blood cells.
Thus the fish’s blood is more fluid and the animal saves energy.
A cuttlefish, spotted at Lizard Island, near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Deep Sea Oddities and More from the Census of Marine Life
The 10-year Census of Marine Life project aims to exhaustively image the creatures of the oceans, cataloging the many diverse life forms found in the sea. Five of the Census’s 14 field projects aim to plumb the depths of the ocean, and recently turned up a variety of outlandish deep sea creatures. Here, a look at the newly discovered creatures, as well as other strange marine life uncovered and documented by the project.