Here’s One Of The Most Terrifying Creatures Of The Deep…Good Luck Sleeping Tonight

Even though they’re technically parts of our planet, certain regions of the ocean look like they’re from another world entirely. Based on all of the creepy videos floating around out there, our oceans are filled with aliens.

Don’t believe me? Then check out this eerie footage of a monkfish that was captured 80 miles off the coast of Gibraltar. Covered in a dusting of sediment from the ocean floor, this monster looks less like something earthly and more like something you’d see on Naboo.

The creature is somehow even more terrifying when it’s not covered in sand.

Oh, and did I mention that some of them are absolutely massive?

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Apparently, the name of the monkfish’s game is to sit around and wait for fish to swim within chomping reach. It’s a good thing that this cameraman wasn’t mistaken for dinner!

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This Is A Real Fish From The Deep Ocean…And It’s Made Of Pure Nightmares

Despite knowing more about the ocean depths than we’ve ever known before, it’s still safe to say that there are many untold horrors lurking there, miles beneath the surface. Of the few we know about, they would best be described as alien creatures.

The deep-sea hatchetfish certainly meets that standard.

These freaky-looking creatures are found in the temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

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Beyond their generally creepy appearance, these buggers have also evolved bioluminosity to help them catch food in the dark depths of the ocean.

We don’t encounter them much at the ocean’s surface. They spend most of their time at depths of anywhere from 160 feet to almost a mile down.

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The shape of their body is where they get the name hatchetfish from.

While they share a name, deep-sea hatchetfish are not related to their much less creepy counterparts found in fresh bodies of water around the world.

Ugh, that has got to be literally the creepiest fish in the world. I guess the only saving grace of drowning in the ocean is that I’ll be long dead before my body reaches the depths that these fish call home.

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Ice Fisher Catches Monstrous Lake Trout

Ice Fisher Catches MonstrousLake Trout

This video by the fishermen of Jig Heads is almost a year old, but has gone viral again now with over 700,000 new hits! While ice fishing on top of a frozen Lake Superior, one fisherman caught a truly giant lake trout. It took a while to pull the big guy out from the small hole but it was all worth it. But instead of cooking up some delicious trout, they were merciful and tossed the fish back in.   

 

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Killer Whale Steals Caught Fish Off Line At Last Moment

Creatures much larger than anticipated interrupting people’s fishing exhibitions almost always results in an explosive viral video. A great example is the viral video of a Bald-Headed Eagle stealing a fish off a fishing line which stands with over four million views

Alaskan fisherman Charlie Barberini is now the newest sportsman to go viral after he and his friends were absolutely stunned to watch an enormous Killer Whale Orca appear and steal their catch at the last moment before reeling it in. 

Now, the new video that debuted over the weekend has gone viral, and is covered further on NPR, AlaskaLife, and ScienceRecorder

 

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What It’s Like To Be A Real Life Mermaid

What It’s Like To Be A Real Life Mermaid

Countless young girls dream of being a mermaid when they grow up. Sadly, that’s impossible. But three young women have actually realized their dreams of becoming mermaids. Erin, Lauren, and Katie are real life mermaids who work at the Florida Aquarium. OK, they’re not real mermaids, but they sure are as close as it gets. BuzzFeed interviewed the three to see what it’s like to wake up and be a mermaid for work instead of going to the office everyday. Best job ever!

 

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Woman Catches Huge Goldfish That Looks Like Pokemon

Olivia from Kansas caught a huge goldfish. The biggest she’s ever seen, and the biggest I’ve seen also. After marveling at her catch, she threw it back in. It kind of look like a Magikarp Pokemon. One day it will turn to Gyarados. Ye, I’m a nerd. The video is being featured on sites like SayOMG and Fox4KC.

 

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Dangerous Commercial Fishing Practices Are Declining

“The Deadliest Catch” might be about to get a little less deadly. Battling the high seas and fighting the treacherous conditions in order to land a haul and make it all worthwhile, the daring exploits of fishermen make it one of the most dangerous jobs to do. But a new study has found that such risky behavior by fishermen hunting in the North Pacific for the sablefish, also known as black cod, has steeply declined. It seems that by altering how the fish stocks are managed, the trade-off between catch size and safety has been reduced.

Normally, the researchers found that traditional management of fisheries promoted risky behavior by the fishermen. By limiting the vessels to a certain number of days they are allowed to fish, it encouraged the boats to be launched around-the-clock regardless of weather conditions, as multiple vessels chased the same schools of fish. These rules also promoted behavior in which fishermen were more likely to overload their boats and ignore maintenance problems in a bid to boost their catch and its value.

This competitive style of fishing, in which crews would in effect race each other to the most productive regions, encourages the boats to launch in terrible weather conditions, which in turn obviously increases the chance of accidents. In fact, from 2000 to 2009, severe weather contributed to four out of five fatal fishing accidents that occurred on the West Coast. It is also part of the reason why commercial fishing has an average fatality rate 30 times that of the U.S. average.

But the researchersfrom the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)looked at how the fisherman acted once the sablefish fishery had adopted a catch shares management system. This method changed the incentives for the fishermen, giving each vessel rights to a specific share of the allowable catch within the fishery. This meant that the boats could choose when and where to fish their share, meaning that fewer of them chose to leave port during the most stormy of days. The researchers found that the number of fishing trips taken on the highest wind days dropped by an impressive 79 percent, and this corresponded to a reduction of safety incidents by a massive 87 percent.

When fishermen have to compete for fish they can’t make a rational trade-off in terms of safety, explainedLisa Pfeiffer, who coauthored the study looking into the change in fisheries management published in PNAS. Any delay, whether it’s because of the weather or any other reason, results in the fish being taken by someone else. Catch shares provides the flexibility for the fishermen to make a rational trade-off in terms of risk and reward, instead of being compelled to fish whatever the conditions.

The NOAA hopes that by adopting the same management technique in other fisheries, they will be able to solve many of the problems associated with the competitive system currently in place and as such reduce the number of injuries, pollution events, vessel losses, search and rescue missions, and deaths caused by dangerous fishing.

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Fishers Freak Out When Shark Eats Another Shark

While fishing, a bunch of buddies think they caught something big. Then, all of a sudden, a shark fin appears and starts messing with the boys. They all have a complete break down and freak. OMG, OMG!! Then the shark eats a smaller shark, the guys freak out more, if that was even possible.

 

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Eaten Fish Spotted Inside Of A Translucent Sea Creature

The alien world of the deep sea has some very odd inhabitants.

Photographer Wayne MacWilliams dove 150 meters (500 feet) into the waters off the coast of Singer Island in Palm Beach, Florida,to capturea particularly fascinating moment from the deep sea’s black abyss.

The images show a translucent sea creature, possibly a species of comb jelly, with a shimmering fish in its bellythat it hadeaten just moments before.

MacWilliams told the MailOnline, I was drifting, at night in pitch black, it was really fun as you just do not know what will come your way. It may be a bit intimidating, it can be very spooky the first time you do it because it is jet black with no bottom to speak of.

He added:These beautiful creatures are interesting, bizarre, to say the least and pretty foreign to me. I have done this type of diving a couple times and plan on doing more.

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