These freaky looking ‘alien-fish’ are lurking in wait for scientists on a new deep sea diving mission and they are absolutely terrifying.
The fact the big, wide ocean scares me is for this very reason – you have literally no idea what’s lurking in the depths beneath you and now these horrendous life-forms have emerged, I may never set foot in the sea again.
These ‘fish-alien’ hybrids are thought to be swimming around the coast of Australia – thankfully not anywhere near the actual beaches.
A brave team of 40 scientists are plunging down into the unknown realm of the deep-sea world to document the creepy creatures living in the depths, according to ABC News.
Their ongoing mission, involves diving down 4,000 metres for a month expedition into the eerie life, thriving below the ocean’s surface.
They’re actually hoping to uncover a plethora of disturbing beasts – which to be honest, look pretty similar to Ridley Scott’s Alien creation and I can categorically say, I have no desire to come face-to-face with any of them.
Humpback blackdevils – seems appropriate – hatchetfish and the relatively innocent sounding football anglers are among the chilling monsters swimming in the ocean’s depths and none of them look pleasant.
Tim O’Hara – a scientist for Museums Victoria – is leading the research team to a pioneering depth 100 times lower than your average ‘deep sea dive’, and an eight times deeper than the lowest point an American submarine can reach.
The abyss is the largest habitat on the planet, covering half the world’s oceans and one third of Australia’s marine territory, but we know very little about it.
Of course in order for the team to tackle their fears down their, the latest in technology will be required, including multibeam sonars, sleds, grabbers, cameras and nets to ensnare their nightmarish finds.
Abyssal animals have been around for at least 40 million years, but until recently only a handful of samples has been collected from Australia’s abyss.
In order for the alarming species down there to survive, they have been forced to adapt to unbelievably tough conditions. They survive in almost freezing waters and bone-crushing pressure, with very little food.
It’s a world of jellies and fangs, with miniature monsters gliding up and down waiting for prey.
Many animals have no eyes, or produce their own light through bioluminescence.
The Research Vessel Investigator set off from Bell Bay port in Tasmania on Sunday in search of some creepy-as-fuck fish.
Good luck to the guys as they start their investigation, who knows what they might discover!