Creatures of the deep: What lurks in the depths of the ocean?


A jellyfish, Aequorea macrodactyla

A lobate ctenophore (Bathycyroe fosteri) which is very common and abundant near the mid-Atlantic ridge. (5 cm tall)

The Census for Marine Life, a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations, estimates that about 230,000 species of marine animals have been described, and that there could be a total of between 500,000 and 10 million species in the sea

Megaleledone setebos, a shallow-water circum-Antarctic species endemic to the Southern Ocean


Diacria trispinosa (pteropod)

A deepwater copepod, Eaugaptilis hyperboreus, bearing its eggs

File clam, Lima sp.

Hippopodius hippopus. One of the swimming bells in this colonial siphonophore has broken way from the colony and resembles a human mask

A swimming snail (Limacina helicinia) that lives in both Arctic and Antarctic waters

A nemertean pelagonemertes rollestoni hunting for zooplankton prey that it will harpoon with a dart attached to the tongue coiled within it. Its yellow stomach reaches out to feed all parts of the body

Pohls sea urchins found off Lizard Island

Oxygyrus keraudreni. Unlike its relative the pteropods that “fly” through the water like a bird, this heteropod uses its flattened foot like a paddle to push it through the water. Unlike most other pelagic snails the shell is made of cartilage

Phronima sedentaria (female) caught between 50 and 200m. Amphipod known as a pram bug

Pyrosomella verticilliata – a type of colonial tunicate (sea-squirt)


Sabellids or fan worms

Thalassocalyce (ctenophone – comb jelly)


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2 Responses to “Creatures of the deep: What lurks in the depths of the ocean?”

  1. awesome creatures of the deep sea .
    Thanks for sharing their pics .

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