During World War I, the British steamer Iberian was cruising off the coast of Ireland when it was attacked by the German submarine U pictured above right.
The Iberian tried to flee, but U pursued, firing shells and torpedoes. After taking two direct hits, the Iberian tipped up and sank with her bow in the air. The blast threw a mysterious sea creature clear out of the water.
The incident was especially interesting since the explosion flung the animal all the way out of the water, allowing the Baron to see its entire body. Based on his description, Heuvelmans speculated that the creature might have been a surviving species of Thalattosuchiaa genus of giant sea crocodiles from the time of the dinosaurs. According to his account, seven other crew members witnessed the creature. Unfortunately, six died during the war, presumably when the U was sunk in the most common story is that another sinking ship exploded, hurling a burning truck straight onto the submarine.
In fairness, they might have been a little busy at the time. The German town of Wittlich is home to a strange legend —which might not be a legend at all, if US soldiers stationed in the area are to be believed. Mad with rage, the creature rampaged through the countryside until a mob of townsfolk hunted it down and killed it. The story is fairly well-known a local American football team even called themselves the Morbach Monsters but not particularly exceptional by the standards of werewolf lore.
More interesting are the experiences of American servicemen stationed at the nearby Hahn Air Base during the Cold War. Apparently, a number of the American troops saw a mysterious wolf-like creature while patrolling the forested edges of the base. The beast then disappeared into the forest. A sniffer dog was brought in, but it went berserk with fear, refusing to track the creature.
University of Mainz anthropolgist Matthias Burgard subsequently collected several other stories from US servicemen who said they had seen strange animals or odd movements deep in the woods. One of our K-9s was this big black bouvier with bloodshot eyes. According to Newhouse, Allied soldiers in the trenches at Mons had found themselves hunted by a terrifying beast.
From that point, things only got worse. Terrible howls echoed across the landscape and soldiers reported seeing strange movements beyond the barbed wire.
Then, just as suddenly as it had appeared, the creature seemed to disappear again. The mystery was only resolved when a German scientist named Gottlieb Hochmuller was killed in a Berlin riot at the end of the war.Newly discovered in the Foja Mountains of New Guineathis tree frog has an impressive appendage. When the male frog calls, the "Pinocchio-like protuberance on its nose When the frog's done calling, its nose goes limp.
Not only was this a new species of jumping spiderdiscovered by Conservation International in Papua New Guinea inbut it was an entirely new genera Eight new watchful eyes, and eight new jumpy legs. This frog was generously described as "pea-sized" when Conservation International announced, in Augustthe Microhyla nepenthicola frog's discovery in a pitcher plant on Borneo, an island in Southeast Asia. At first, scientists assumed they were looking at young frogs, but soon concluded that even the largest of the adult males fail to reach more than half an inch in length.
Perhaps you've heard of flying squirrels, or even flying foxes. This is a flying frog, one of new Himalayan species discovered by WFF and its partners in the last decade. It spreads its toes and glides from the heights of treetops on its generously webbed feet. The leaf deer, the world's smallest deer species, stands just over 2.
The deer is so small, scientists affiliated with WWF first thought it was the baby of another species. A long-running and often violent border dispute between Ecuador and Peru kept scientists away for decades, but when they did explore the region inthey found many species new to scienceand some that were just bizarre, like this crystal frog with skin so translucent, you can see its heart beating through its tiny chest. You know you've got it bad when the first wave of press about you focuses less on the shock that you are a new species to science and more on your appearance, but that's what happened to this guy, the ugly salamander.
This big venomous scorpion, about three-inches long, was the first scorpion ever documented in Nepal. This wallaby, the world's smallest member of the kangaroo family, was identified in in the Foja Mountains of New Guinea, by Conservation International. This frog, among 1, new species discovered in the Mekong region of Thailand by WWF in recent years, is so mean it is known to catch and eat bids with fangs that protrude from its bottom jawbone.
Yes, folks, it's a vampire-frog. One of the smallest species of vertebrates ever identified in the Andes, and one of the smallest frogs in the New World, this creature is aptly named the minute frog — Pristimantis minimus to the Conservation International scientists who named it.
This tiny new species of titi monkey is cute. What's bizarre about it? Researchers say that as soon as it was discovered, by Conservation International in the Amazon, it could be considered endangered. Deforestation in the Colombian Amazon is rampant, and this fuzzy monkey lives in the forest. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. Even as extinction stalks wildlife, adventurers are continually identifying new species, never before described by science.
Here's a look at some of the strange new creatures identified in the last several years. Pinocchio Frog. Sandhoppers of Unusual Size. After the British Antarctic Survey ventured into the depths of the Southern Ocean, they revealed an array of bizarre new sea creatures to the world.
Among them: this sandhopper, an amphipod that grows to unusually large proportions. Typically a tiny inhabitant of the sea, sandhoppers here have grown enormously to fill in the place of crabs in the ecosystem. Jumping Spider. Conservation International. A Pea-Sized Frog. Legless Lizard. The discovery of this legless lizard was a highlight of a fruitful expedition of discovery in Brazil's hot, sandy Cerrado region in April Why is it a "legless lizard" and not a snake?
That's up to the scientists.All rights reserved. Deep sea amphipods like this small shrimp-like creature are eating miscropic pieces of plastic and tiny microfibers. Plastic litter is now virtually inescapable throughout every crevice of the world's oceans, and a newly published study finds, for the first time, that the creatures living in the deepest, most remote environs on Earth are eating it in startling amounts.
A British research team captured amphipods, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that scavenge on the seabed, from six of the world's deepest ocean trenches and took them back to their lab. There, they discovered that more than 80 percent of the amphipods had plastic fibers and particles in their digestive systems, known as the hindgut. The deeper the trench, the more fibers they found. In the Mariana Trenchthe deepest at more than seven miles beneath the waves in the western Pacific, the scientists found fibers in percent of the samples—in every amphipod collected.
Prior studies of plastic particles ingested by marine organisms caught near the surface have found far smaller percentages. The new research, published in the journal Royal Society Open Scienceadds new details to earlier research that only discovered plastic bits in sea floor sediment in But it fleshes out the picture shaping up of ocean trenches as the final sink for marine debris.
That is not good news. In the open ocean, the UV and wave action would act on that plastic and the surface would be clean again. What happens when you get to the deep sea, there's no dispersal or flushing.
It's only going to get more and more and more.
The Pacific Ocean covers half the planet. Our study sites were off Japan and Peru and Chile in places separated by thousands of miles. We can now say with confidence that plastic is everywhere. Let's not waste our time looking for more. Let's concentrate our efforts on what it is actually doing. The research team sampled five trenches throughout the western Pacific and one deep-sea trench off the west coast of South America.
Researchers deployed traps with bait wrapped carefully to avoid falsely contaminating a creature's insides with plastic. Once collected, they studied a deep part of the creature's digestive system called the hindgut. They wanted to ensure no plastic ingested after the amphipods were caught was making its way into their results. Sixty-six percent of the plastic they found was blue fibers. Black, red, and purple fragments were also present, along with blue and pink fragments. No trench was fiber-free, and more than 80 percent of the amphipods contained them.
When tested, the fibers were the same used in textiles, and the study suggests they entered the ocean after leaching from washing machines. They more plastic you've got, the more likely a large number of creatures are going to interact with it. There are so few studies in the deep ocean, we are only beginning to understand it. Jamieson says the reactions he gets to the revelation that marine life at the bottom of the sea is eating plastic falls into two categories.All rights reserved.
It's not clear what the mysterious creature is that reportedly washed ashore in Georgia or, for that matter, if we'll get a clear answer. Last week, the decomposing remains of what appeared to be a strange creature were found on a beach at the Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia, reports local media.
Jeff Warren, the man who reportedly found the remains, sent photos to several media outlets in Georgia, where it quickly garnered attention. Of marine scientists who have seen the photo, their interpretations range from the creature likely being some type of decomposing fish to an outright hoax.
Without physical samples to study, it's likely impossible to determine the creature's origins, they say. In Februarya " hairy blob" washed up on a beach in the Philippinesto much fanfare. While nearly impossible to recognize as such, the remains were confirmed to be a dead whale whose muscle fibers began to fray and look "hairy. We think someone's playing a joke on us," says marine biologist Quinton White from Jacksonville University.10 Scariest Sea Monsters You Didn't Know Existed!
White says he and his colleagues deliberated on what the remains might be. There aren't really signs of decomposition, and it looks remarkably intact.
Adding to the skepticism is a local legend called the Altamaha-ha. The Lochness-like monster is a popular feature in some Georgia folklore, and the beached specimen shows similarities to artists' renderings of the beast. Crawford notes that the remains were found, "near the ground zero 'habitat' of that mythical creature. If the specimen were the decomposed remains of a real deep-sea creature like a shark, White says the body would look messier. You find the extremities have been nibbled at by other marine animals.
The creature's unusual physical state, the fact that no remains were saved, and the folkloric coincidence make the story too unbelievable for him. He adds that anyone who finds bizarre marine animals mysteriously washed ashore should contact authorities or wildlife officials, who can properly study the remains. Nancy Butler, a representative from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, says the photos have been sent to their counterparts at the Smithsonian for further inspection.
She says the department heard about the remains last Sunday after it had already become an online sensation.
By the time they were able to inspect the island for remains, they found no trace. Strange Sea Creature Washes Ashore, Stumps Scientists Experts are divided on whether the specimen is a hoax, possibly inspired by a local legend, or a decaying animal.
By Sarah Gibbens. Other scientists aren't convinced the Georgia creature is any sort of animal at all.
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We don't know," says Butler. Continue Reading.Marine creatures, especially deep sea species form an interesting area of scientific study. To know about deep sea marine life and discover the strange life tucked deep in the oceans can be fascinating to many.
The deep waters house the most remarkable creatures to have lived on earth, the deep sea marine life being the most attention-grabbing. We have explored only about 5 per cent of the vast stretches of the sea and the rest remain unknown to us.
Of late, scientists have discovered a number of new interesting facts about the ocean, plants and creatures that roam deep in the sea and remain oblivious to the human world. Below are a list of some weird deep ocean creatures found in our world, though they might seem to have come from entirely another planet. This delicious-looking crazy sea creature with an unusual name is not as pretty as it looks or sounds. It has been discovered only recently that these underwater creatures roam in the Celebes sea in the western Pacific region.
It is the rarest kind of shark and has been viewed and photographed very sparingly.
It is one of the most unusual sea creatures found in the deep waters of the Atlantic and the Pacific. Since this shark has rarely been encountered alive, it is held not to be a danger to humans either. Commercialization of fisheries into deep sea region have endangered this deep sea fish species of late. This interesting sea creature is found feet below sea surface and is one of the sea creatures of the deep.
It is one of the fiercest predators of the deep sea, hence its name. They are known to survive very long periods without any nutrition. Many scientists have labeled the Viperfish one of the most scary ocean creatures.
This is a small, deep-sea cephalod whose maximum length is about 1 feet in length. It can survive in absolute darkness and in a zone called the oxygen minimum It has eight webbed arms, limpid eyes and jelly-like body and produces a gel substance when threatened which is bioluminescentdistracting the approaching attacker and enabling the squid to disappear in to the darkness.
So even if the predator trails it and thereafter, a few minutes later, this weird deep sea creature swims into the darkness. This deep sea animal looks like a whale and behaves like a shark but is actually a fish. At 46 feet, this deep undersea creature holds the record of being the largest non-mammalian vertebrae. It is found in warm waters of the tropical oceans and can survive up to 70 years in the wild and even more in captivity though it has never actually been captured alive.
They are grey with a white belly and unique yellow spots and stripes. This is another one of the unusual sea creatures with an equally unusual name. They grow about feet and have an elongated snout and nail-like teeth. They have been rarely captured and hence are among the less studied deep sea creatures. They are among those marine creatures that have been linked with myths and folk tales. These may be retracted when the creature feels threatened. Beautiful to look at, they are not dangerous to humankind.
These unusual sea creatures are of the isopod family but are larger than the typical isopods which grow up to 5 centimeters. Giant isopods can grow to 76 centimetres, looking like a cockroach in the ocean.
They are found in the cold regions of the Atlantic, Pacific and the Indian oceans and lead a solitary life.This page lists every creature currently revealed, some of which may not yet be found in game. For the pronunciation of the names see page Pronunciation. Sign In.
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Jump to: navigationsearch. Carryable By. Trapped By. Can Damage. Win for Science?!! Abberant Coelacanth. Aberrant Achatina. Aberrant Anglerfish. Aberrant Ankylosaurus. Aberrant Araneo. Aberrant Arthropluera. Aberrant Baryonyx. Aberrant Beelzebufo. Aberrant Carbonemys. Aberrant Carnotaurus. Aberrant Cnidaria. Aberrant Dimetrodon.
Aberrant Dimorphodon. Aberrant Diplocaulus. Aberrant Diplodocus. Aberrant Dire Bear. Aberrant Dodo. Aberrant Doedicurus. Aberrant Dung Beetle. Aberrant Electrophorus. Aberrant Equus. Aberrant Gigantopithecus. Aberrant Iguanodon.Its name makes it sound like a piece of sexy lingeriebut don't be fooled: The pink see-through fantasia is a sea cucumber, found about a mile and a half deep in the Celebes Sea in the western Pacific east of Borneo.
The frilled shark is one of the gnarliest looking creatures in the sea. If it looks like an ancient beast that's because it kind of is; Mental Floss reports that frilled sharks "have changed so little since prehistoric times. Found in the Celebes Sea, this worm is, well Scientists call it a squidworm. No, not Squidward. These guys are native to chilly, deep waters and can grow to be quite large; ina giant isopod measuring 2.
Giant isopods are carnivores who usually make due with dead animals that fall down from the ocean's surface. It's believed that they grow so large in order to withstand the pressure at the bottom of the sea. Scientists found this strange creature at the Great Barrier Reef's Lizard Island and named it, aptly, the Christmas tree worm. One better might have been "fake plastic Christmas tree worm," but it's still a pretty good name. Scientists also refer to it as Spirobranchus giganteus.
The spiral "branches" are actually the worm's breathing and feeding apparatus. The worm itself lives in a tube, and it can withdraw its tree-like crowns if threatened. We wouldn't be surprised to find that sea angels are in the same family as, say, the mythological Sirens. They're called angels, but are actually a predatory sea snail.
This particular specimen, Platybrachium antarcticum"flies through the deep Antarctic waters hunting the shelled pteropods another type of snail on which it feeds," according to the Marine Census of Life. The gulper eel also referred to as the pelican eel was aptly named thanks to its massive mouth and jaw. Gulper eels can grow up to six feet in length and their huge mouths allow them to eat prey that is sometimes larger than them.
This usually happens when food is scarce and it's believed that gulper eels usually eat crustaceans and other small marine animals. Like a multi-stage rocket, this bizarre microscopic creature, Marrus orthocanna is made up of multiple repeated units, including tentacles and multiple stomachs. Never heard of a physonect siphonophore? That's what this is.
It's something like a jellyfish, and is more closely related to the Portugese man o'war. One interesting thing about it: Like ants, a colony made up of many individuals has attributes resembling a single organism. A virus?
An alien? It's a Munnopsis isopod crustacean, and even scientists haven't figured out more than that about this deep Southern Ocean denizen, yet. Isopods are ancient creatures they've been on Earth, in one form or another, for million years or so.