Planet Earth never ceases to amaze. It is ever changing, and there are discoveries still being made. New species are being identified on an almost daily basis. Many of these new species are found in the oceans of our blue planet. Some are beautiful, some are definitely creepy. We present some examples here, and you can decide if they are the stuff of fascination or the stuff of nightmares.
This creature is called a mimic octopus because it is able to mimic sea creatures that are much more deadly, like the highly poisonous sea snake.
The Atlantic Abyss recently gave us this tiny crustacean. Scientists are studying it but it is slow to give up its secrets.
This predatory squid uses its glowing organs to attract smaller fish, which it then devours.
Using the assistance of television technology, this Ghost Shrimp was recently discovered in the deep depth of the ocean. It is a rare find, being only one of two thalassinidean crustaceans in the world.
This red-lipped Batfish are as unusual as they look, from their odd appearance to their physical abilities. Batfish are not good at swimming. Instead, they are bottom dwellers that actually "walk" across the floor of the ocean, using their pectoral fins as feet and legs. On the top of his head, he has his own fishing pole Called an illicium, this body part extends outward to lure in nearby prey.
These popular worms were recently discovered. They rapidly grew in popularity because of their unique colors and strange body shape.
A hairy crab is an unusual sight anywhere. This guy is so unusual, a whole new classification family had to be created to classify it. Its official name is Kiwa hirsuta. Scientists have been studying it for a year and there is still much they don't understand.
The barrel-shaped, tubular eyes are where this fish gets its name. Its unique eyes are generally directed upward to look for prey. They are capable predators, detecting the silhouettes of prey against the light of the surface.
The long, bizarre claws are what make this lobster stand out in the crowd. The blind lobster belongs to a rare genus, Thaumastochelopsis, a group that sports only four known specimens. Not only does it have weird claws, it is actually blind.
This fish is small but don't let the size fool you. This fish has a large mouth and a ferocious territorial instinct. When two of these guys decide to dispute their turf, they wrestle by pressing their distended mouths against each other. This fighting "kiss" lets them determine which is the larger fish. The smaller is the loser and has to give up his territory.
This is the world's longest bony fish. The giant oarfish has a ribbon-like, narrow body with a dorsal fin that runs along its entire length. Its stubby pectoral fins and long, oar-shaped pelvic fins are where it gets its name.
This strange, elongated orange animal can be found at depths between 2000 to 2500 meters. It has been identified as a neocyema, one of only five specimens ever found.
Discovered by scientists and underwater photographers, this unusual animal remains mostly a mystery. Very little had been learned about it since its discovery.
Don't let the colorful facade fool you. These are dangerous predators, and are highly coveted in the sea-trade market. Their colorful bodies and rarity make them valuable. They don't play well with others in a tank, often devouring the other creatures, and have been observed breaking the glass of an aquarium to escape. They can even burrow into rock.
There are at least nine species of this rare, primitive, gelatinous "Dumbo" octopods, according to the Census of Marine Life. Living in the ocean depths, Dumbos hover through the dark depths by flapping their elephant-like fins.
This leafy seadragon is slightly larger than most seahorses, growing to about 8 - 10 inches. The leafy-looking fins on their bodies are used for camouflage, not propulsion. They feed on plankton and small crustaceans.