Friday, February 15, 2013

Amazing Sea Creatures

It's been a really rough week here.

The hubby's mom was in a car accident on Sunday night, and has been in the hospital ever since. Due to that, the blog has a taken a backseat. But, I'm free for today, and I want to start blogging again!

I often talk about animals on this blog, but they're usually animals who live on the land in some way. The deep sea offers it's own array of distinct and weird creatures...and I think it's time to meet some of my favorites.

 The Dumbo Octopus

The Dumbo octopus, named for its pair of prominent fins, is much smaller than its elephant namesake—it's only about 8 inches (20 centimeters) long—and dwells near the ocean floor at depths of up to 1,310 feet (400 meters). Like other octopuses, it has eight arms, but they are webbed and serve as swimming aids, supplementing the flapping of the giant fins.

The Japanese Spider Crab

This is the largest known arthropod; fully grown it can reach a leg span of almost 4 m (13 ft), a body size of up to 37 cm (15 inches) and a weight of up to 20 kg (44 lb). The crab’s natural habitat is on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean (some 300 to 400 m deep) around Japan, where it feeds on dead animals and shellfish. It is believed to have a life expectancy of up to 100 years

The Tripod Fish

The tripod fish gets its name from the three extra-long fins extending from its body. It uses these like stilts to stand on the bottom, keeping its body just above the surface of seafloor. Then it sits and waits to ambush any passing prey. When the prey comes within range, the tripod fish pounces on it.

The Gulper Eel

The gulper eel has huge, pouch-like jaws. These can open wide enough, and its stomach stretch far enough, for it to swallow fish much bigger than itself. The gulper eel can unhinge its jaws, opening its cavernous mouth even wider. This fish grows to a length of 2 ft (60 cm). It is found at depths below 6,500 ft (1,998 m).

Want to see more? Let me know in the comments!

Love and Lightning Bugs,
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