By: Earnest Jones | 12-21-2017 | News
Photo credit: @Mr Fedortsov | Twitter

Horrifying Alien Creatures of the Deep: Russian Fisherman Reveals His Latest Strange Catches

The mysterious ecosystem of the deep ocean is something that scientists need to focus on based on the fact that we’ve explored less than 0.05%.

One of the few people in the business of fishing often showcases his catches via the Twitter feed. The Murmansk-based fisherman Roman Fedortsov has revealed a trove of terrifying catches, from eight-legged arthropods to fish with human-like teeth.

The Barents Sea are Mr. Fedortsov favorite fishing ground in the shallow sea that opens onto the Arctic Ocean. The incredible creatures live in the 'twilight zone' of the ocean, which is between 660 to 3,300 feet (200 to 1,000 metres) below the surface which is known as the Mesopelagic zone. Below this is the zone of complete darkness called the bathyal zone, spanning 2,200 to 13,000 feet (1,000 to 4,000 metres).

One of the profound creatures revealed by Fedorstov included a frilled shark – an elusive eel-like shark with rows of terrifying teeth. The frilled shark is often called a living 'relic' due to its primitive features.

He also tweeted an image of a wolf fish and a bearded sea devil - one of the world's most rarely seen fish.

He also had a longhorn cowfish, recognisable by its long horns that protrude from the front of its head and a cookiecutter shark, which is part of the 'sleeper shark' family.

The other one is an Anglerfish. An odd fleshy protrusion coming from the fish's head acts as a lure for prey. The fisherman has also revealed photos of the bizarre chimaera, a fish commonly known as the 'ghost shark.'

The Moscow Times reports that Mr Fedortsov works on a trawler and began sharing his remarkable finds in 2016. Chimaera are known for their winged fins and long, whip-like tails and an image captured by Fedortsov reveals their haunting green eyes.

The other terrifying fish with massive teeth is also among the many remarkable catches. According to Fedortsov, the creature is a black scabbardfish. The other bizarre fish, with bulging red eyes and drooping red lips, was identified as a type of grenadier.

Deep-sea creatures tend to have an alien-like appearance, to begin with, it's also known that changes in pressure can affect the appearance of some when they're brought to the surface. Thousands of feet below the sea, they are subjected to extremely high pressures.


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