The Ocean's Weirdest Creatures!

Ready to meet some seriously strange creatures? Things you won’t believe actually exist?! Then take a deep breath and join National Geographic Kids as we dive into the deep to get up close and personal with the ocean's weirdest wonders...


Leafy Sea Dragon



This may look like your average piece of seaweed but, believe it or not, it's actually a fish! Found along the southern and western coast of Australia, the leafy sea dragon is a member of the same family as the seahorse - the Syngnathidae family. They grow to around 20-24cm long and feed on plankton and small crustaceans. Moving through the water using their tiny fins, this fab fish's long, leafy extensions allow it to hide from predators by blending in with seaweed! David Attenborough has said he counts the leafy sea dragon as his favourite animal. Cool, eh?



Christmas Tree Worm



Christmas Tree Worms are found on coral reefs in tropical waters around the world. They get their name from the two spiral 'plumes' that look just like - yep, you guessed it - Christmas trees! These hair-like tentacles grow from their small, tube-like bodies, and are used for feeding on microscopic plants and for respiration, allowing the worm to breathe. These cool critters come in different colours, including orange, yellow, blue and white!



Anglerfish



Now here's a creature that might give you a fright! With its huge head and enormous mouth, these fearsome fish swim in the dark depths of the ocean. Ranging from around 20 centimetres to one metre in length, there are more than 300 species of anglerfish, most of which are found in the Atlantic and Antarctic oceans. So what makes this creature super strange? Well, the female has her own glowing light hanging above her mouth! This luminous flesh attracts unsuspecting prey close to the anglerfish's sharp, see-through teeth and then...chomp!



Northern Stargazer



Ever seen a fish that looks like this before? Found mainly off the east coast of the United States, this creepy creature grows to around 50cm long. It has a blackish brown body with white spots on its head, and stripes on its tail. The wacky bit? The northern stargazer’s eyes and nostrils are located on the top of its head, and, unlike most fish, its mouth faces upwards! This cunning critter buries itself in the sand, leaving its eyes poking out. And when an unlucky smaller fish swims by, it rises up and swallows its meal in one big gulp!



Red Handfish



Rather than swim through the ocean like most of our fishy friends, this cool creature prefers to walk along the seafloor! Found in the waters of southern Australia and Tasmania, it grows to around 15cm long and has skin covered in tooth-like scales, called 'denticles'. So why the name 'handfish'? Well, these quirky creatures move around the ocean floor using a unique set of fins that look similar to human hands. There are other kinds of handfish, too, including the spotted handfish and the pink handfish.



Wobbegong



Meet the Wobbegong, a species of the 'carpet shark' family - not the piece of old rug that it may first seem! To find one of these super sharks, you'll need to explore the tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. Wobbegongs spend their time resting on the sea floor, camouflaged by their flat, tasseled bodies. There they wait for a tasty treat - including fish, octopuses, crabs and lobsters - to pass their way, before...gulp! Some wobbegongs have also been seen to slowly sneak up on their prey, too, in search of some grub.


Photos: Getty Images UK

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Thanks for the great information and pics! :-)
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By the way the hand fish is not the cause of evolution
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A and E;I liked the fish with legs it was silly!!!
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My favorite!
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T
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bit creepy
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Epic and cool
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Saphire
Love underwater sea creatures and how strange they are my favorite animal was the Christmas tree worms and the Red hand fish.
realCookie
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asome
Nicolette
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Elfondijo
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cool and freaky
ABC 123
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Joe
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Weird
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awsome
sofieke
Amazing creatures of the sea!
lizard14
We are looking at sea life at school the seaweed seahorse one especially interested me!
superkid1111
;-D
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weird no double weird no triple weird no quadruple weird
KATARYAZAN
tHE ANGULAR FISH IS IN nemo! i REALLY ENJOYED THE CHRISTMAS TREE FISH
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there are some wacky little ugly animals in the sea #wierd ...
123PAA456
these creatures are so weird and great at camouflage!:)
ellie-mai
amazing sea critters though never heard of any of them lol :)
imani
some creepy but cool animals the creepiest one was the Wobbegong
mia
cool they are freaky but cool
Jodie
I think these animals are so cool
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amazing
Maryam
Cool!
Hemma
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thiscole
cool
thiscole
I think the red hand fish is the coolest but also weird!
thiscole
wow never heared of most of these bizarre creatures
Sophie
I think the animals that I have just seen were amazing. I mean I knew there was fish in the sea but I never knew there were things like that!
BlueBaboon
Awesome!though the stargazer freaked me out a little. Love BlueBaboon xxx
Niamh
I really didn't like them and I really, really, really would not like to bump into one of them in the swimming pool!
arthur
they are so cool I wish I could have one.
jordan
this is so weird
olivia
i love the sea and when i am older i want to be a marine biologist. but these fish have really helped me study. the sea is more than you think but there is nothing to hate about the sea! my adventure is just begining.
Evie
I didn't know there were fish like that in the sea. COOL!!!
bailey
omg these r so cool the angler fish is wicked!!1
Fifi
Red hand fish is so imaginative
Fifi
It's so ugly but cool
turtleshell1000
these are so wacky!!!!!!!!
oliver
they are so weird
SUSIE
They're WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JoJoCoolBoy123
The pics ars so cool!!! I wish i could be there with you have a good time ok!!!
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Epic!!!!!!
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wow, amazing fish are incredible
Emily
Cool
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wow!
35i2sa
wow i wish i was a fish
alice
scary
James
Freaky!!!
annailsa
I'd really like to learn more about freaky fish!
Violet
LOL!!!
akasha
i love sharks and defiantly MEGALADONS .
testing12
nice fishes
Harvey
cool pictures!!
Topidia
Lol so cool
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