What are sea turtles and scale worms, you inquire? Only a couple of the strange sea creatures found not long ago in the cold waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Not much is known about lots of the critters that reside underneath there, but we’ll try our very best to satisfy you in. When you see Antarctica, here are 10 interesting monsters you could just find!
- The Hoff Crab
The Hoff crab (Kiwa tyleri if you would like to be dull ) gets its name because of having a”hairy” chest that reminds everyone of David Hasselhoff’s very own hairy chest. Anyway, this crab hangs out in warm water temperatures of 32 °F (0 °C), which makes a bit too chilly for their preferences, so they huddle down near hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor so that they feel nice and toasty. Consequently, their chest is really germs
- Antarcturus sp.
The Antarcturus (sp?) Holds the distinction of being the only monster on this list with no fun and exciting name. Little is known about these men (fun fact: Wikipedia articles have been written about them in Dutch and Vietnamese, but maybe not in English as of yet, so get to work one of you pedia-types!) For the record they’re isopods that reside deep in the ocean and fancy a tasty sponge or coral division as part of the diet.
- The Sandhopper
The sandhopper sounds like something out of Star Wars, but it is not as impressive as it sounds. If upset, it jumps off like a coward, essentially. It’s also interesting to remember that this crustacean does double duty: occasionally it likes to hang out in the water, but is completely down with living on the land exactly like you and me. It is related to the crab, shrimp and lobster. So if you find one, don’t hesitate to dip it in hot butter, we guess.
- The Scale Worm
There is no getting around it, buddies. The scale worm (Eulagisca gigantea if you’re nasty) is horrible looking, even with their Hollywood smiles. It has got this retractable mouthpart which may be turned inside out and folded into its own body. A neat trick, yeah? Okay, we are going to slowly back away.
5.The Comb Jelly
The comb jelly (ctenophore) is a gentle, transparent creature in our darkest nightmares. The thing looks like something from Aliens, men. On the flip side, these cousins of the jellyfish are kind of bright and glistening. When light strikes their paddlesthey exude an array of different colors, giving them a really cool appearance. Just don’t select one of them up and stick it in your mouth. Among our young interns discovered this the hard way.
6.The Sea Pig
It loves to feast scum and decaying plant matter. Just like a real pig, basically. But rather than tasting like delicious bacon, it tastes like undelicious poison. Sad news however: the sea pig resides in the deepest part of the Antarctic Ocean, and that means you’re not likely to strike one
Check this out: that the glass sponge isn’t made out of glass and it is useless as a cleaning tool for washing dishes. So what gives? Well, their skeletons are made from silica, which can be one of the chief components of glass. Satisfied with that answer? Glass sponges don’t have a particularly sophisticated palate; they’ll pretty much eat whatever the ocean sends their way. They are also sadly dying at high rates as a result of global warming. So let’s do our part and treat the planet. Let’s do it to your glass sponges, men.
- Antarctic Feather Star
The Antarctic feather star (or even Promachocrinus kerguelensis if you would like to seem like a super bright scientist) reside at the base of this Antarctic Ocean near the coast of Antarctica. They enjoy cold water (duh) and they have 20 feathery arms which let them swim with elegance and poise. The real stars of this ocean, we figure.
9.The Sea Spider
Do you take pleasure in the sea? Then you’ll absolutely adore the sea snake! However, you’d finally be devastated to find out they aren’t really spiders in any way. They are still fairly cool marine arthropods though. They could develop over 14 inches (35 centimeters) long, definitely the largest of the kind. Scientists are not completely certain why they become so large, so we’re going to assume it’s a black issue until proven differently.
Springtails seem like something you would call an cute furry critter that feeds hugs and joy, do not you believe? But they are actually hexapods which are very similar to insects in lots of ways. At less than one millimeter long, they’re still the biggest Antarctic animal that resides exclusively on property. To be able to prevent freezing to death, they can slow down their metabolism amounts so as to conserve energy in addition to produce glycerol. But if circumstances are super unpleasant, they’ll die anyway. Sad.