Deep Blue, one of the largest Great White Sharks, roams the open ocean.
This is a carnivorous deep-sea organism called harp sponge. Image by MBARI
Most sponges are simple filter feeders—they eat small plankton and bacteria that they ‘filter’ from the surrounding water which they pump through their bodies. But in 2012, scientists on a research voyage off the coast of northern California discovered a sponge that uses small hooks along its vertical branches to entrap and devour larger, more nutrient-dense prey, like small crustaceans. The sponge’s elegant structure, which it likely evolved to maximize the area available for snaring food, inspired scientists to name the carnivorous deep-sea predator the harp sponge (Chondrocladia lyra).
Need a teeth cleaning on the go? Stop by and see the White-Banded Cleaner Shrimp!
Oh, wow! This would be so cool to try!
National Cryptid Society
February 23 2020
A spectacular mutation in an octopus results in tentacles upon tentacles. A “WTFtopus.”
Thrilling life forms!
what If squid convergently evolved with waterfowl?
Ah, that’s a classic one
gosh, Stolper, I hope you dont mind me hijacking this post but I have great news. You probably already know this, cause you have some mad trivia up your sleeve, but far to few online do know that “flying” squid exist 😀
Todarodes pacificus live in the pacific and glide much like flying fish for around 30 metres through the air at an astonishing speed of over 11 metres per second. It is not yet clear if they glide to escape predators or just to travel with low energy consumption.
*ride of the valkyries plays*
Tangentially related: I went to a panel at a paleontology conference about bird beaks vs. squid beaks and the conclusion the researcher presenting came to was that “birds are just the squid of the sky” (direct quote)
How on Earth did this get so many notes?
Ooh, I would just love to see these critters!
Alien looking creature transforming near Ocean floor at over 3700 feet. Video from ROV
Nov 12, 2013
This video was taken by an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) at a depth of 3753 ft in the Indian Ocean within close proximity to a drill wellhead. Near the end of the footage you can see the creature getting caught up in the output from the ROV thrusters. The video has not been altered and was taken off the East coast of Africa.
It has been identified.
It is a known sub-species of lampocteis cruentivente.
A “Comb Jelly” family member.
Mariana Trench: Supergiant Amphipod
Jul 23, 2020
The Supergiant amphipod (Alicella gigantea) at 5,000m in the Mariana Trench, Nero Deep.
Very, very exciting!
Incredibly Rare Footage of Deep-Sea Fish Devouring a Whole Shark
Scientists Capture Incredibly Rare Footage of Deep-Sea Fish Devouring a Whole Shark
Feasts are rare on the barren landscape of the ocean depths. So researchers couldn’t believe their luck when they stumbled on a feeding frenzy of deep-sea sharks chowing down on a fallen swordfish off the US coast in July 2019. But they never imagined they would also capture footage of one of those sharks becoming the prey for another deep-sea creature. With their rover hovering nearby, a late arrival took advantage of the submersible’s shadow. Nobody might blame a wary fish for holding back while ravenous sharks feed, but this heavyweight had plans to turn one of the diners into its dinner. A video posted by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the aftermath of the ambush by a hungry Wreckfish. You can watch it for yourself in the clip below, with shark lunch being served at around 1:42.
While scouting for the wreck of the oil tanker SS Bloody Marsh, NOAA’s remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer chanced upon the remains of a 2.5 metre (8 ft) long swordfish being chewed on by nearly a dozen deep-sea sharks.
The sharks were two species of slow-moving, deep-sea dogfish commonly referred to as sleeper sharks. Two of the larger individuals were likely to be roughskin dogfish (Centroscymnus owstonii). Others belonged to a relatively newly discovered animal: Genie’s dogfish (Squalus clarkae), named in honour of Mote Marine Laboratory founder Eugenie ‘Shark Lady’ Clark in 2018.
The deep sea scares the beejayzus outta me.
Dinner is served
More reading here sciencealert.com
NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer Shark Encounter
Jul 10, 2019
Dive 07 of NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer encountered a spectacular shark feeding frenzy. Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019.
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MonsterQuest: HORRIFYING 50-FOOT LAKE DEMON (S3, E9) | Full Episode | History
Oct 28, 2020
A fifty-foot monster is said to lurk beneath the isolated waters of North America. The stories from Lake Okanagan date back to the earliest First Nation peoples, who lived in fear of this terrifying creature, in Season 3, Episode 9, “Lake Demons.”
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“MonsterQuest” takes a scientific look at reported sightings of cryptozoological creatures (cryptids) and paranormal entities around the world, including the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and werewolves.
Fifty feet is a world class length for a lake monster. Or any monster, really.
This is a very thorough investigation and well worth the watch.
This just in via r/TheDepthsBelow
Thanks I hate it
Sea Spiders have no gills or lungs, instead absorbing gases through their legs and moving it across the body via diffusion
I do not think that I would like to meet one of these… looks way too primeval to be a reliable buddy.
Giant Manta Ray – The Largest Rays In The World
Nov 15, 2020
The giant oceanic manta ray, also known as giant manta ray, is the largest type of ray in the world. They can reach a considerable size, with an average width of 4-5 meters and sometimes up to 7 meters. They can weigh up to 3,000 kilograms. It is dorsoventrally flattened and has large, triangular pectoral fins on either side of the disc. In front of the mouth, they have a pair of cephalic lobes which help direct more water and food into their mouths.
The coloring of the dorsal surface is black, dark brown, or steely blue, sometimes with a few pale spots and usually with a pale edge. They can be distinguished from other rays by their coloration. Each manta ray has its own unique color pattern variation that they can be identified by.
The giant manta rays mainly feed on plankton and are harmless to humans. In their gills they have structures called gill rakers that help to filter the plankton from the water. They are distributed in tropical, subtropical and temperate waters all over the world. There are reports of giant mantas living to at least 40 years, but little is known about their growth and development. The most significant threat to giant manta rays is commercial fishing, both being targeted and caught as bycatch.
Kewl. I love this stuff… the oceans are so spectacular.
And yet we still know next to nothing about them…
Here via r/TheDepthsBelow
The giant oceanic manta ray is the largest type of ray in the world. They can reach a considerable size, with an average width of 4-5 meters and sometimes up to 7 meters.
Champ Day Interview with Katy Elizabeth of Champ Search
Champ Day – The Lake Champlain Monster Festival
Aug 1, 2020
A Virtual Champ Day Exclusive! Special guest Katy Elizabeth of Champ Search joins Lohr McKinstry in Port Henry, NY to chat about her search for our legendary Lake Champlain Monster. You can learn more about Katy and her organization Champ Search here: Facebook – www.facebook.com/Champ-Search… Website – officialchampsearch.webs.com/
Katy is really on a roll and I think she is without a doubt going to have absolutely fantastic results.
Proud that she is my friend!
Champ Day 2020 – Katy Elizabeth of Champ Search
Champ Day – The Lake Champlain Monster Festival
Aug 1, 2020
A special video presentation by Katy Elizabeth of Champ Search. To learn more about Katy and her search for Champ, the Lake Champlain Monster: Website: officialchampsearch.webs.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/catego…
Champ Search Investigation
Jan 4, 2014
This is our Champ Search Investigation.We traveled to Lake Champlain to find the elusive creature that calls this lake home. visit our facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Champ-… visit or site www.officialchampsearch.webs.com Water Horse Of Lake Champlain by Katy Elizabeth available on amazon.com or on our website for an autographed copy.
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Katy Elizabeth – CCC Podcast #7
May 30, 2019
Katy Elizabeth has been a Champ enthusiast from a young age. That interest has grown into not only a passion, but a basis for the scientific fieldwork she conducts out on Lake Champlain. In her time studying the sightings, Katy Elizabeth has come across significant and anomalous pieces of evidence that may shed light on the mystery. Champ Search’s Official Website: officialchampsearch.webs.com/ Champ Search’s Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/catego…
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Katy Elizabeth | Cryptozoologist, Founder of Champ Search Lake Champlain | Arcane Radio 09.29.2014
Aug 6, 2020
#katyelizabeth From Arcane Radio’s archive Katy Elizabeth joins Lon and Sean September 29th, 2014, to take you to Lake Champlain, home of the legendary Champ lake monster. Cryptozoologist Katy Elizabeth, member of Champ Search, discusses her research, the monster, and her new book. Champ Search Website: officialchampsearch.webs.com
Katy Elizabeth was born in Warwick Rhode Island. Katy is the world’s leading authority on the Lake Champlain Monster. Katy has been studying the existence of Champ since a child, as one of the youngest and most recent Cryptozoologists, she made her life long dream into reality when she had her own sighting and experiences of this elusive creature on Lake Champlain, it prompted her to start her own group called “Champ Search”, the groups goal is to study, investigate , prove the existence and most importantly protect the unique animals that inhabit New York and Vermont’s beautiful Lake Champlain.
She is the author of the new book “Water Horse Of Lake Champlain II” available on amazon.com
The Beyond Explanation YouTube channel presents Lon Strickler’s Phantoms and Monsters real cryptid encounter reports, eyewitness experiences and paranormal investigations together with Arcane Radio’s conversations with noted researchers and experiencers seeking to explain the unexplained. Beyond Explanation shares information and encounters from people who have witnessed or experienced; aliens, UFO/UAP, abductions. bigfoot, cryptids, ghosts, time shifts, paranormal and other supernatural events. Please tell us about your own experiences, encounters and observations in the comments or at www.phantomsandmonsters.com/p… Links: Lon Strickler’s Phantoms & Monsters www.phantomsandmonsters.com/
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Nobody works as hard as Katy does… and it is going to pay off… mark my words!
A beautiful juvenile Queen Conch, photographed by its rescuer, my dear friend Margaret O’Brien.
Wow!!! An actual megamouth shark!
Here via my dear friend Dr. Karl Shuker, so we know this is the real deal!
This is an incredibly fortunate event… Talk about luck… it was under debate whether they were extinct or not.
Yay for NOT!
Rare Sea Angel Spotted Off Russian Coast
Feb 17, 2020
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Stunning footage has emerged of an alien-like creature swimming under the ice off the coast of Russia. The relaxing video was captured by scientist and diver Alexander Semenov, 34, during a White Sea expedition in 2018. It shows what is known as a sea angel gracefully gliding around the dark ocean, as the ice glows dimly under the sun above. Alexander said: “The Clione limacina, or Sea angel, is an incredible pteropod mollusc which lives in the water column.
Sea angels are gelatinous, mostly transparent, and very small, with the largest species (Clione limacina) reaching 5 cm. C. limacina is a polar species; those found in warmer waters are far smaller. Some species of sea angels feed exclusively on sea butterflies; the angels have terminal mouths with the radula common to mollusks, and tentacles to grasp their prey, sometimes with suckers similar to cephalopods. By rowing their “wings” back and forth at 1–3 Hz, the sea angels swim at speeds up to 100 mm/s (0.22 mph). This is about twice as fast as their prey, the sea butterfly. It is not yet clear whether the sea angel uses its swimming appendages as ‘rowing paddles’ or as ‘wings’.
— My source
A beautiful, graceful animal.
True Facts – True Facts About The Octopus
Octopi and the rest of the cephalopods are profoundly fascinating creatures who’s intelligence is legend and who’s shapeshifting and camouflage abilities put our Odo to shame. The makeup, including their unique gene structure — have compelled many learned scholars and researchers to conclude that they did not originate on this earth
Which is the coolest thing out there, as far as I’m concerned.
New species of walking shark found in Indonesia
UQ Faculty of Medicine
Jan 20, 2020
Four new species of tropical sharks that use their fins to walk are causing a stir in waters off northern Australia and New Guinea.
Oh, I do so love when new species are found!
Especially if they are as wicked cool as these!
Note to the video maker… should we not be seeing two more sharks within? Just sayin.’
From my source:
Member was on ATS
44 minutes ago
posted on Jan, 24 2020 @ 05:00 AM
The researchers used tissue samples taken from live sharks to determine that DNA linked the new shark species to the Hemiscyllium genus, according to Science Alert.
DNA testing also revealed that the walking sharks are the youngest type of shark on Earth, VICE reported.
“With our molecular clock, we’ve been able to show that this group really only branched off from their nearest ancestor about nine million years ago and they’ve been actively radiating ever since,” Erdmann told VICE. “Obviously in human terms, that still seems like a long time ago, but for sharks, and for speciation in general, that’s actually very recent.”
“Data suggests the new species evolved after the sharks moved away from their original population, became genetically isolated in new areas and developed into new species,” she said.
“They may have moved by swimming or walking on their fins, but it’s also possible they ‘hitched’ a ride on reefs moving westward across the top of New Guinea, about two million years ago.”
Youngest on Earth? Is the walking Shark a step in evolution before life came to land? It definitely makes me wonder……..? What says ATS?
I love the drippings!
Nature on PBS
Sep 23, 2019
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The idea that humans and mollusks could have any kind of relationship is remarkable when considering the distance between the species. Yet watch the playful relationship between a teenager, Laurel, and her pet octopus, Heidi.
Navy Pilot sees “dark mass” take torpedo……
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Navy Pilot David Fravor claimed on Oct. 5th that a mystery “dark mass” emerged from the ocean and swallowed a torpedo whole. He also claims another Navy Pilot had something like this happen off the coast of Puerto Rico in the 1990’s.
He described what happened:
As they hoist the BQM [torpedo] up, he’s looking at this thing going, ‘What the hell is that?’ And then it just goes back down underwater. “Once they pull the kid and the BQM out of the water, this object descends back into the depths.” While the other pilot thought the incident was strange, indicating some skepticism, the same thing happened a few months later, Fravor claimed. “He’s out picking up a torpedo, they hook the diver up on the winch, and as they’re lowering him down, he sees this big mass,” Fravor said. “He goes, ‘It’s not a submarine,’ he’s seen submarines before, once you’ve seen a submarine you can’t confuse it with something else.” “This big object, kind of circular, is coming up from the depths and he starts screaming through the intercom system to tell them to pull the diver up, and the diver’s only a few feet from the water,” he added. “They reverse the winch and the diver’s thinking: ‘What the hell is going on?’ And all of a sudden he said the torpedo just got sucked down underwater, and the object just descended back down into the depths.”
Fravor said the torpedo was never recovered and was adamant the torpedo didn’t sink and was “sucked down.”
Fravor had an encounter with a ufo while with the USS Nimitz in 2004, and he described the object he saw as “something not from this world.”
Fravor said the object was flying around a patch of white water in the ocean below. “A white Tic Tac, about the same size as a Hornet, 40 feet long with no wings,” Fravor described. “Just hanging close to the water.” “As I get closer, as my nose is starting to pull back up, it accelerates and it’s gone,” he said. “Faster than I’d ever seen anything in my life. We turn around, say let’s go see what’s in the water and there’s nothing. Just blue water.” “I don’t think I was a nut-job as an officer in the Navy. I wasn’t drunk, I don’t do drugs. I got a good night’s rest, it was a clear day,” he said. “I think someone should have looked into it. Having talked to some of the other folks, it’s a big frustration that it’s coming out now and wasn’t discussed back in 2004.” While Fravor is often ridiculed for his theories, the U.S. Navy recently admitted that a series of UFO videos are real.
Fravor talks about this encounter at the 54:38 mark of the video:
Joe Rogan Experience #1361 – Cmdr. David Fravor & Jeremy Corbell
Oct 5, 2019
Commander David Fravor is a retired US Navy pilot, who has a close encounter in 2004 with the so-called Tic Tac UFO, and Jeremy Corbell is a contemporary artist and documentary filmmaker.
Note: on the last episode of the great show called “Contact” on Discovery and the Science Channel they talked about USOs, and it was presented in the last episode that the Navy actually has underwater listening posts stationed around the world to monitor for USOs.
Holy Cow! I would give anything to see this. I have felt for a long time after reading decades of sighting reports that there is some sort of lifeform of a highly advanced nature that is extant in the depths of our oceans. After all that data input it is pretty difficult to deny.
It is one of the most fascinating mysteries that I have encountered. May we someday see video and more information.
I say, nearly every time they go down they find something new. I love that so much.
Katy Elizabeth – ‘Champ Search’ Field Researcher – Arcane Radio
Oct 12, 2019
I welcome ‘Champ Search’ field researcher Katy Elizabeth to Arcane Radio. Katy is a world-leading authority on the Lake Champlain Monster. Katy has been studying the existence of Champ since a child and made her life long dream into reality when she had her own sighting and experiences of this elusive creature. It prompted her to start her own group called “Champ Search.” The group’s goal is to study, investigate, prove the existence and most importantly protect the unique animals that inhabit New York and Vermont’s beautiful Lake Champlain. Katy has been featured on The History Channel and the Discovery Channel and is the author of the book Water Horse Of Lake Champlain II. She is currently writing the next edition. Her website can be found at officialchampsearch.webs.com
This is an excellent show and you’ll learn a lot about the Champ animal and the environment in which it lives.
A Drawing from Captain Marvin McCamis’ description of an unidentified animal he reported seeing from inside the “Alvin” Mini-Submarine in the Atlantic Ocean. The sighting was reported to have occurred while he was inspecting submarine cables on July 20, 1965.
Wow! Look at that!
Now … what does that critter look like to you, eh? Yeah! A plesiosaur!
And it’s twice the length of the sub!
Too cool. Way too cool.
Here are Karl’s thoughts…
Karl ShukerHere’s what I wrote about it in my 2016 book Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors:
“Yet another very valuable sighting of a long-neck seen in full while underwater took place in or around July 1965 (not 1969, as erroneously stated in some publications and websites). This was when the U.S. research submarine Alvin, captained by Bill Rainnie and piloted by Marvin McCamis, was submerged at a depth of almost 1 mile in the Tongue of the Ocean off the Bahamas, surveying the underwater listening array Artemis. Suddenly, they spied an extraordinary creature, which possessed a long neck, a somewhat snake-like head, and two sets of flippers that propelled its thick body. Before the submarine’s cameras could be activated, however, the creature swiftly ascended, swam away, and was not seen by them again. Nevertheless, in this particular case the sighting was duly entered into the craft’s log, and both men not only were experienced submarine observers, with hundreds of dives to their credit, but also went on to receive a number of commendations for expertise and bravery in their field, thus cementing their status as persons whose word could be trusted as being reliable and credible.
Moreover, American cryptozoologist Scott Mardis corresponded with McCamis regarding this remarkable sighting (which is how its correct year was confirmed) prior to McCamis’s death in 2004, and sent him a number of illustrations, including plesiosaur reconstructions. In reply, McCamis stated that these resembled the mystery beast that he and Rainnie had seen on that eventful occasion back in 1965. Having observed this creature in its entirety underwater (as opposed to a mere head-and-neck surface sighting), and as their description of its morphology is undeniably very reminiscent of a plesiosaur, their report remains one of the most compelling ones in favour of the reality of a marine cryptid potentially allied to such creatures.”
Also in the comments, Scott Mardis posted this graphic:
This, folks, is an exceptionally exciting image.
It was captured by my friend, full-time cryptozoologist Katy Elizabeth, on the sonar unit in her research vessel “Kelpie.”
That shape is undeniably suggestive of an aquatic animal. It’s rather sizeable, as well. It is, after all is said and done, a mighty fine shape to these old eyes.
I am sure there will be more of these. It is terribly unfortunate for our collective, vision-based minds that the waters of Lake Champlain are murky with dense plant life, as it makes photography a serious challenge.
I am digging the apparent resolution on her sonar gizmo, though. It is mighty good.
Visit Champ Search, eh.
The photography issue is a cultural “big one,” for some, but it’s just going to have to be … we shall proceed like modern astronomers … who use wacky wavelengths, occultations and spectrometrics to capture their prey … hey, man, we can watch our prey up close in real time, eh, what! Ha! Haha!