So today's post on oarfish reminded me that the ocean is full of really cool shit, yo, and today would be a perfect day for me to tell you all about it. I'm taking pics and info from everywhere, so... assume I'm right.
Note: I spend half an hour formatting and I've given up. It mostly works.
First, it's called a goblin shark. That's +15 cool points, right there. Also, it's terrifying.
This shark is pretty much the only one of its kind. It's a living fossil and it's pink. It roams the deep, deep seas around coasts all over the place... maybe right by your [local beach hangout]!
I can't get over it's protruded jaw.
Lion's Mane Jellyfish
Also one for the nightmare books: this is the biggest jellyfish that currently terrorizes the ocean. Their bell can reach 2.5 metres wide (!) and the biggest one ever seen had a bell of 7 feet 6 inches (!!) with tentacles reaching 120 feet (!!!). Thank Poseidon, the sting is not that dangerous to humans. It hurts, but you'll be fine.
Jellyfish Bonus: The Jellyfish lake of Palau
These are related to the nearby golden jellyfish, but because the lake became closed off from the ocean, the jellyfish gradually lost their powerful sting and you can swim with them! Extra bonus: You can't go too deep in this lake because there is a deadly layer of hydrogen sulfide waiting to be absorbed into your skin. But the first 12-15 meters are fine!
I saw these for the first time when I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium (I miss you, Monterey Bay. <3). I honestly could not figure out what the hell these things were. They are huge - 11 feet tall and 4400 lb. It's called a 'sunfish' because of it's tendency to hang out at the surface 'sideways'; looking like it's sunbathing.
Oh God horseshoe crabs.
Guys, I don't understand horseshoe crabs. I look at them and brain just gets up and leaves, Homer Simpson-style. They just look so wrong. These crabs are also ancient and related to arachnids. *Shudder* But they are useful! The blood is super awesome: they don't use hemoglobins to carry oxygen, they use hemocyanin. Their blood is blue. We harvest their blood for the precious, precious amebocytes which is used for diagnosing bacterial endotoxins. Magic blue blood! Let's see Queen Elizabeth top that!
There are lots more but this is just a little tidbit. Of course there are giant squids (the Kraken lives, I tell you!), the mantis shrimp is having a moment, plus the usual awesome sharks and whales and sea snakes and slugs and electric eels and...