10 Epic Creatures of the Deep

Some thriving, some fallen. All epic and equally bizarre.

10. The Dumbo Octopus (Grimpoteuthis bathynectes)
This funny fella can be found at depths of up to 7 kilometres in the ocean and can be anywhere between 15 centimetres and 2 metres, depending on species. A tasty dinner for sharks and killer whales, these guys live for about 3-5 years in the deep sea.

9. The Immortal Jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii)
All of the jellyfish arise from a singular entity as genetically identical clones. When they are put under environmental stress and start to age they can revert back to childhood! This is the insanely epic process in their cells called, transdifferentiation. In theory, this process can continue indefinitely, which makes these peanut-butter-jelly times biologically immortal.

8. Megalodon (C. megalodon)
This prehistoric shark is damn humungous, in fact it is the biggest marine creature in the history of the planet. LIFE. wow. The Megalodon was cruising the ocean up to 28 million years ago, feeding on whale pancakes and shark salads. The massive and glorious specimen is up to 3.3 times larger than the biggest recorded Great white shark.

7. Mexican Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)
On top of having the ability to regenerate limbs, these ridiculously funky creatures can also rebuild their spinal structure and the network of their brains without any scarring. Scientists are studying this phenomenon and exploring it's potential to be used regeneratively in human medicine.

meeeeeep

meeeeeep

6. Harp sponge (Chondrocladia lyra)
Don't be fooled by this angelic looking organism. The Harp sponge is actually carnivorous. The unassuming sponge uses long branched limbs to catch tiny crustaceans at the deepest depths, on the ocean floor.

It's a god damn jungle down there.


5. Mantis Shrimp (Stomatopoda)
These crazy crustaceans actually hunt and kill their prey, with a speedy punch, roughly at the speed of a .22 caliber bullet. Mantis shrimp are known to have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom, all the better to see the creatures that they are beating the shit out of. On the other hand, romantically, they have monogamous relationships and remain with their partner for up to 20 years.

Take that Mr Krabs.

Take that Mr Krabs.

4. Narwhal (Monodon monoceros)
The Unicorn of the sea. What more could you need. The spectacular Narwhal inhabits the icy waters of the Arctic circle. They grow up to 6 metres in length, with a hornlike tooth that can extend up to 3 metres! It is still unknown if this is an aesthetic centre-piece or a weapon used in battle... but it's certainly eye catching. The Narwhal is considered a "near-threatened" animal due to intense hunting off Greenland and Canada.

Some people wouldn't know magic, even when poked in the eye by an aqua dynamic unicorn.


3. Red-Lipped Batfish (Ogcocephalus darwini)
Although this ravishing creature gives off more of an "Aunt Trudy, house wine" kind of vibe, its actually an exotic weirdo worth admiring. Not to say Aunt Trudy isn't, but this Batfish walks along the bottom of the sea floor (perhaps strolling home from a night at the bowlsy), with the male species actually being the one attracting their mate with glorious red lips.


2. MerMAN (Derek zoolander)
This intriguing creature is compact in size, looks suspiciously sassy in lycra and has a fascinating condition which restricts him from turning left.

1. Phytoplankton
Also known as micro-algae phytoplankton are microscopic marine plants that form the base of the food web. Although not large "creatures", these little dudes are a critical component for life on Earth. Through photosynthesis, phytoplankton use sunlight, nutrients, carbon dioxide and water to produce oxygen and nutrients for other organisms. With 71% of the Earth covered by the ocean, phytoplankton are responsible for producing up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe.

Yeah I guess you could say they are pretty epic.


CHARLOTTE ROSE
A psychology obsessed, dive conservationist and business strategist. Charlie is a biophiliac on a mission to inspire intrinsic meaning in human-beings through a fascination with the complex systems of our universe.

Challenging the subjective norms we hold as a society with humour, she is an instigator behind VOX POPULI's mission to make it fashionable to give a fuck.