The Ocean Is Actually An Alien Planet, And We Have The Pictures To Prove It - The Rockets Science

The Ocean Is Actually An Alien Planet, And We Have The Pictures To Prove It


The ocean is a mysterious place. It covers about 71% of the earth’s surface, but more than 80% of the oceans haven’t even been mapped, explored, or even seen by us. Can you believe that? We have been to the moon, but we haven’t explored 4/5ths of our own oceans!

Well, that’s because the ocean is really vast. It’s why we never know what could be lurking beneath those murky waters. One thing is for sure, which is that we probably won’t know everything for a long time. Anyways, the things that we currently are aware of don’t exactly scream Little Mermaid.

But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself. We’ve collected 45 pictures of all manner of crazy creatures and surreal sights that netizens have shared on the internet for our viewing pleasure (or horror). And now we present them to you!

Growth spurt

We are about to show you one of the most unbelievable growth spurts of all time. The humongous fish in that image is called the sunfish. Well, that’s an adult. The little babies in the bottom image are the babies!

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Can you believe that this giant adult fish was once that size? The babies are mostly really tiny, as you can see in the image. Later on, they start growing into their future selves, like this massive adult sunfish. It’s quite surprising.

Here comes the pain

Squids can be dangerous, but they don’t look it when you see them from a distance (in most cases) or on TV. We bet that a look at the images below can change your perspective. Squids are basically aliens.

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The image on the left is of a Giant squid’s tentacles. These tentacles are meant to latch on to their prey with a vice grip. The image on the right is of a Colossal squid’s tentacles. These tentacles are meant to rip their prey apart.

Bottom view

This fish would look very different if you had a side view or top view of it. We’re instead looking at its soft underbelly. That’s not something you get to see too often! If the fish had emotions, right now it would be feeling kind of embarrassed.

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It looks like a person looking at you with a pout and no other expression. It’s still very weird. This is called a sawfish, but it’s actually a type of shark. It looks like it is judging the person who clicked an image from the bottom view.

River monster

The fish itself might not be modern, but that’s what you’d call a modern-day river monster. It’s huge, scary, and found in the calm rivers. That’s one big sturgeon fish on the prowl. This image was taken in the Fraser River in Canada.

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It’s the kind of stuff you see in the Jurassic Park movies, but we’re glad that these guys are real and not extinct yet. The fact that we’re glad it exists by no means implies that we’d be okay with stumbling upon one of these in real life.

Bizarre

This creature definitely looks bizarre, but there’s more to this guy than just the looks; wait till you hear what we have here. This creature is called a scallop, and it has quite the bright colors bedazzling its hard shell.

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It looks monstrous as well, but can you guess what those little blue parts are? Take your time. Okay, we’ll tell you: Those are its eyes! Yes, you heard that right. Unlike other creatures, this scallop doesn’t have two eyes. It has around 200!

Beautiful and complex

If we had to describe mantis shrimp briefly, “beautiful and complex” are the exact words that we’d use. Just look at those lovely colors; that’s the epitome of natural beatuy. But, you can also tell just by looking at this creature that it’s a pretty complex being.

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These guys are believed to have one of the most complex visual systems in all of the animal kingdom. We have three types of photoreceptor cells in our eyes, but mantis shrimps have around 12-16, which means that they can see wavelengths of light and color that we can’t!

Alien stuff

This photo looks like a still from a movie, namely a movie where an alien has just landed in our oceans and now plans to infiltrate our society through the water supply. That looks freakishly creepy. This creature is called the Portuguese Man-o-War.

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It looks like a jellyfish, but it’s not one. It is what you call a marine hydrozoan, which is closely related to jellyfish. You do not wanna get close to one of these. Its venom is very painful to us, and it could trigger an allergic reaction. If you spot one, admire it from afar.

Group photo

Hammerhead sharks are a sight to behold. They are pretty unique creatures. But spotting so many hammerhead sharks while swimming could freak anybody out. Also, the inky darkness at the bottom of the image makes everything seem scarier.

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It looks like these guys knew that somebody was clicking their photo, so they all decided to give a nice pose to the photographer as a group of fearsome sharks. Great job there. We hope the cameraman swam away after that.

A rare sight

It’s very rare that you’d see something like this creature in the ocean, and we’re serious about that. This is called the ogre fish, and here’s where it gets interesting: In decades of ocean research, this fish has only been spotted a select few times!

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We’re glad that this image is one of those times, which makes us all fortunate! But honestly, no matter how weird it looks, we think that they went a little harsh on its name. Perhaps it should’ve been called something nicer than ogre fish.

Graceful creatures

These little things really look beautiful, don’t they? Well, let us introduce you to leaf sheep. These are adorable sea slugs that also photosynthesize. Many of you might not have thought that something like this would exist, and we were right there with you.

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Do you remember the show Shaun the Sheep? Well, doesn’t the leaf sheep in the bottom image look like Shaun the Sheep if it were an aquatic version? These little creatures are indeed some of the most adorable sea slugs.

Pigmentation?

Let us tell you that there’s no editing or Photoshopping involved here. It’s not even the magic of lighting or a particular angle. With this curious creature, what you see is what you get. You are looking at a pink manta ray.

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To be more precise, that is the only manta ray in the world that is pink in color. This guy has been named Inspector Clouseau, and he’s indeed cute. But we haven’t explored the oceans that much, so we don’t know if there are more pink manta rays out there.

The beauty of nature

Captured moments like these are really wholesome. This is the kind of adorable stuff you see on channels like Animal Planet. That is surely an image of a humongous whale, but can you guess which whale it is?

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Okay, we’ll give you the answer. That’s is a humpback whale. In fact, it’s a mama humpback whale with her little calf. The calf is only little in comparison with its mother. Otherwise, it’s still pretty huge. The position they’re in is known as “Echelon.”

Speechless

This amazing photo of a squid rendered us speechless. It looks like a really well-decorated squid that stands apart from all the other squids. Anyways, this creature is called a strawberry squid, and we must say that it’s really beautiful.

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This creature lives in the darkness of the ocean. It lives in a zone of the ocean called the twilight or mesopelagic zone, which is about 200-1,000 meters deep. That’s a lot now! It looks like it’s covered in jewels, but it’s not.

Shark attack

That’s definitely a shark attack, but it doesn’t look as dangerous as shark attacks usually are. We can’t say if it wasn’t dangerous in reality because come on, it’s still a shark, although it is one that looks absolutely adorable.

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Those are still razor-sharp teeth, which could do a lot of damage in reality. Contrary to the myth, sharks barely ever attack humans, and even if they do, it’s not because they want to hunt us. It’s just because they mistake us for seals.

Courage on point

Perhaps, this guy should get the award for the most courageous person of the year, if something like that even exists. He’s right up in that anaconda’s face! Even the anaconda looks intrigued as if it is about to attack.

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He did a pretty courageous job by taking a close-up shot of that anaconda’s face, which we’d love to see, but we are also surprised to see this photo of this guy in the middle of the act. Also, it seems anacondas look even bigger and more dangerous in the water.

Graceful and aesthetic

That’s what this image is. Eagle rays are perhaps one of the most graceful creatures in the ocean. The way they glide through the waters is indeed a sight to behold. That’s also why we are so grateful to the person who took this image.

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We don’t know about the editing effects here, but they’re certainly not gliding on the surface of the ocean. They are gliding through the dark depths of the waters! These are indeed majestic creatures. These would make for some great ocean butterflies.

Almost there

This image exists on a fine line between cuteness and creepiness. It’s really difficult to decide if this image is cute or creepy. When you look at it from a distance, it does feel cuter. Look at those bulgy little eyes!

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But, it does get equally creepy when you realize that these fish are closing in on the camera with those huge eyes. What are they about to do? Are they going to kill you? Or are they just curious and want to explore?

The damned ones

These fish look like they’ve just been cursed, and they cannot believe what’s happened, what’s happening, or what’s about to happen to them. All in all, they look really worried and tense, but that’s just how these guys really are.

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These fish are called the hatchet fish, and as you can see, they live in the depths of the ocean. You never know if these guys are actually worried. Well, what if the reasons behind their upset faces are the fact that they’re living in the depths? Maybe they wanna see some light.

The sunfish

Earlier, we saw the image of a beautiful white sunfish that was gigantic as well. In contrast to that, we also saw an image of sunfish baby. It is really surprising how they grow to be so big when they were once the size of our fingertips.

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Well, here’s another image of a sunfish, but this time, it’s up close, and it looks scary. A diver encountered one of these in the ocean, and here’s a surprising fact: These guys can easily weigh over a whopping 4,000 pounds!

Showing off?

This shark looks like it’s either about to get some more food—although it looks like there’s a big tuna (or some other fish) in its mouth—or it’s just showing off how good of a hunter it is. Either way, we’re impressed.

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We can say that there are plenty of fish in the sea for the shark to hunt, which is apparent at the moment. The other fish must be terrorized by what’s happening over here. On top of all that, there’s a cameraman capturing the moment!

Up close and personal

The person who had the courage to take this photo really risked it all just to get up close and personal with this croc. To his fortune, the croc was really cooperative, and it also gave a really good pose and flashed its reptilian scales.

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It’s a relief that things didn’t go south here. We don’t know if it’s the water that’s making things look different than normal or if that’s the crocodile itself. The color of its body, the color of its eyes—it all looks a bit off, doesn’t it?

Statue

As terrifying and surreal as it looks, this is a real underwater statue located somewhere in the Bahamas. We don’t understand the point of constructing this statue in the middle of nowhere under the water, but the builders must’ve had their reasons.

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Also, we don’t think crowds are exactly flocking to this place under the water to view that creepy statue. It does get a few visitors, though, including our brave cameraman and his friend in the photo. We’ll stick with the photo.

Water giraffe

This creature looks like many things not from this planet, but the again, moray eels always have a face for radio. It looks like a giraffe in the water if such a thing existed. It also looks like the dinosaur diplodocus if it fell into the ocean.

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In reality, this moray eel has a disfigured face from its birth. Do you see that black dot? That looks like an eye, but it isn’t. Its eyes are way in the front, as you can see in the bottom.

Another one

Earlier, we saw an image of an anaconda in the water, and we can’t seem to forget how terrifying yet beautiful it looked in the water. This guy must have no fear at all since he’s so focused on getting a picture.

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In the image earlier, the snake was at least responding to the man with the camera. This time, the snake has had it. There’s no response at all. The snake seems to be completely unbothered by it, and it’s almost like it’s telling the cameraman to leave it alone!

Game over

This is moments before the game would’ve been over. We have seen so many weird and scary animal pics, but nothing is as terrifying as this one. We wonder what the image would’ve been if it had been taken a few seconds after this moment.

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Anyways, maybe it’s not as threatening as it looks. Firstly, that shark is real. It’s a sand tiger shark, but this image was taken in the Dubai aquarium. The shark has a broken upper jaw, so it’s not really closing in for the kill here.

Spotted

This jellyfish was spotted in Venice at a promenade of all things. Given the location, this could be pretty hazardous for seafarers on vacation. Well, it’s all good as long as it minds its own business. We won’t touch it as long as it doesn’t touch us.

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Speaking of minds, did you know that jellyfishes have no brain, and 98% of their bodies are made of water? You may have been able to guess from how they look and how they act, but it’s surprising nonetheless! It’s in our best interests to stay away from their sting.

Emptiness

The person who posted this image on the subreddit captioned it by saying, “Who knows what’s down there?” Well, we don’t, but we have a pretty good guess. Nothingness. It’s empty, and sometimes the fear of what might be hidden is worse than the fear of what actually is.

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This diver also seems to be swimming into nothingness, and if we were there, we’d stay as far away from that place as possible. We don’t even know if it’s one of those places where you could go, but the chances of returning aren’t 100%.

Nightmarish

That’s the close-up of the eye of a gray whale. It surely looks bothered about the fact that somebody tried to taken a close-up shot of its eye. Maybe it was sleeping and somebody disturbed it? Well, you never know.

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The eye looks very human-like, but of course, way freakier and scarier. That look itself could do a lot of damage if needed. But, these eyes are also really soulful and full of love. Whales are beautiful creatures. They’re gentle giants.

It doesn’t get worse

In our entire lives, we have never, ever seen a creature that looks like that. Well, the world is full of surprises, and we’re pretty sure that people would find weirder-looking animals and plants in the unexplored depths of our oceans.

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That thing is called a viper dogfish, and just from the looks of it, we can say that it’s certainly not something you’d find swimming on the surface of the oceans. But again, it’s better not to judge these guys on their appearance and bodies because that’s how they survive down there.

Meet Deep Blue

The name of this great white shark is Deep Blue, and there are a lot of special things about her. She was first spotted in Mexico, and she’s estimated to be one of the largest great whites roaming the waters.

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She’s also estimated to be more than fifty years old, and she’s almost 6.1 meters long and more than 2 tonnes in weight! Great whites are usually around 3-4 meters long, so you can imagine how special Deep Blue over here is.

Back in the day

The person who posted this image on the subreddit captioned it by saying, “Pov you’re a fish in the 1700s.” Well, we must be fish, because that is super freaky. Back in the 1700s, that’s what a diver’s suit looked like.

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Also, we don’t know if that is as old as the 1700s, but it is still pretty old. From the looks of it, that diving suit looks more terrifying than most of the creatures of the deep ocean that we have on this list.

What is that?

That’s not a mutant crab. That’s a normal crab that just happens to be large. We know that many of you must be wishing that you never encounter one of these in the waters, which is what we wish as well.

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That’s what you call a Japanese spider crab. It’s not a crab that was bit by a radioactive spider. They have the largest leg spans of any arthropod, and contrary to their looks and appearance, they aren’t aggressive towards humans!

Deep sea monster

We could call this creature a deep sea monster. It is called a pelican eel, also known as a gulper. It has quite funny eyes, but that doesn’t stop it from looking terrifying. It looks like it could do a lot of damage to you, but it has a good sense of humor, too.

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Well, no matter who says what, it can at least smile. These guys are very rarely spotted, and they live pretty long lives. Can you take a guess at how long they can live? Well, an adult pelican eel lives for around 85 years!

Deep sea monster part two

That right there is a phantom jellyfish, and we must say that the name “phantom” goes really well with this creature. It looks enigmatic and absolutely beautiful, but we don’t think anybody would like to bump into one of those.

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Also, bumping into one of these guys wouldn’t be a common scenario because they live in the depths of the waters. Lastly, that looks like a pretty cool hat, but that’s definitely not a hat on its head. That is its head.

Eyes of terror

Those eyes, fortunately, aren’t red. That’s just the camera’s magic. That’s a picture of a crocodile on the prowl, waiting for its prey, lurking in the shallow waters. The prey has no clue what’s about to hit it next. Also, the croc is looking right into the camera.

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Crocs and gators see us as a good meal. So, in countries like Australia and the USA, where a lot of these guys live, it’s best to take a lot of precautions while stepping into the water, and most importantly, always look out for signboards!

Kites

Imagine you’re flying a kite. Well, not on the land, though. That’d be a different scenario. Imagine you’re kitesurfing, and your kite falls in the water. Probably not something you’d want to happen, but it happens anyway. You go to fetch the kite.

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But, you see sharks swimming beneath it. Would you risk getting your kite now? We proably wouldn’t. Although the sharks in the image don’t look bothered by the kite, they’ll surely know when you’re swimming on the surface! Good thing these guys took a pic of the situation!

It’s got frills

It has frills, and it is called the frilled shark. We are certainly not th(f)rilled after looking at this picture! That looks really scary. It is considered to be a living fossil, which means that it, unlike most living organisms, hasn’t changed or evolved almost at all since its origin.

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You can find these guys swimming at the depths of 50-200 meters in the ocean, where there’s not a lot of light. Little is known about these guys, and there have rarely ever been any human encounters for obvious reasons.

Crystal clear

Firstly, the photography skills of the person who took this image are on a whole new level. Secondly, we can’t even begin to imagine how the person might have managed to cget the pic in the first place. It’s terrifying, even when you’re looking at it while you’re sitting on your couch.

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Imagine being a few feet away from the great white shark without any protection, and suddenly it opens its gaping mouth right in front of you. If that mental image doesn’t send chills down your spine, we don’t know what will.

Any clues?

Let us tell you what you all are looking at here: A conveyor belt of teeth; at least, that’s one way to look at it. It’s actually an image of the jaw of a shark. That dangerous set of razor-sharp teeth could do some real damage.

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Here’s a fact: Shark teeth are always falling out, and there are always new ones coming in. So, there’d be no point in their lives when their jaws won’t do any damage. These guys are always ready for their kill, so their prey better watch out.

Huge

That’s what you see when you get too close to a big whale. Just kidding! That’s what you see when you get too close to a frozen submarine! We’re kidding again! For real now: This image is not of a whale or a submarine.

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That is an iceberg, and this picture is what you see when you dive right next to an iceberg. It’s enormous. Good thing that the diver didn’t hit the iceberg. It looks creepier and scarier than many of the animal posts!

I see you

What do you think that black thing in the middle is? You’re not going to believe it when we tell you. That’s an eye! It’s the eye of a giant squid. Here’s a fact about it: It is the largest known eye in the entire animal kingdom.

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Do you see how we emphasized known? That’s right. You never know what’s lurking in those waters. The diameter of these eyes is around 27cm. Do you know what the diameter of our eyes is? It’s around 24mm! Imagine if there’s such a thing as a bigger eye than that squid’s…

The weird creature in the sea

If we saw one of those, that’s exactly what we’d call them. This nightmare-snake-looking thing is a whopping 18-meters long. It also isn’t a single creature, believe it or not. These are a bunch of many smaller creatures called Pyrosomes!

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They are free-floating colonial tunicates. You’ll find these guys floating freely in the upper layers of the ocean in warm seas, but some of them can also be found at the depths of the ocean. The tiny creatures that they are made up of are called zooids.

An alien

That’s definitely an alien. We do have some significant scientific information about this creature, but we still can’t believe that it’s not an alien, even after all that information. Anyways, according to science, it’s not an alien. It’s a deep sea creature. 

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Its biological name is Thaumatichthys Axeli. It’s some sort of a weird angler fish. That bizarre thing hanging out of its mouth is a light source. Yes, it has a light source inside its mouth! Well, it honestly looks like a vacuum cleaner.

Feeding time

When people in the movies say, “We’ll feed you to the sharks” or something like that, maybe this is what they mean, but the only difference here is that these aren’t sharks. These are carp! Nothing bizarre in this image.

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These guys are not just carp, though. They’re hungry carps, as you can tell from their mouth. They’re waiting for food, and we’re pretty sure nobody would want to poke their feet or fingers in there. It looks pretty dangerous.

We are all human

Could it be possible that part of this organism might be human? If you ask us, we’d say its teeth make it seem that way because of their striking resemblance to our own chompers. By the way, if you thought that this was an octopus, think again.

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This is an image of a squid that just so happens to have to have some uncanny valley-level teeth. But let’s thicken the plot, because it turns out that those aren’t really teeth at all, at least not in the sense that we have teeth. Those are just nodes of flesh.