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    Here's my personal favorate, the giant squid (architeuthis dux). These things give me the creeps. Giant squid can reach sizes of up to sixty feet in length. Most of this length is made up of two 40 foot tenticles that it uses to sieze prey at a distance. They also have the largest eye in the animal kingdom as the eye can reach a diameter of up to 16 inches across. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any photos of an intact eye so you'll have to take my word for it.

    This thread is awesome. Proof that reality is stranger than fiction.

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    Colossal squid (mesonychoteuthis)
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    This is it's beak. Scientists believe this specimen is only a juvinille because beaks the size of footballs have been recovered in the stomachs of sperm whales.
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    A close-up of the clawed tenticles

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    The very first specimen recovered.
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    God's gift to concept artists. Wow. I think the most impressive one is the oar fish. Oh and that chimaera_pup.jpg is pretty neat. blown away...

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    I usually like squid (life and on my plate) but seeing those last pics I get the impression that they'll soon strike back and humans fit in their prey scheme...



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    The creature on the first pix denart posted are called "cookie cutters"...it's a little shark species, which lurks in the dark of the deep sea for big fishes, just to dart off on the "prey" to bite off a chunk of flesh...the wound you can see on the victims looks like a cookie, that's why they are called "cookie cutter"...fishermen even found a goblin-shark with a complete hole in its tail fin...just like blanked out with a machine...

    You can find many of this cookie-shaped marks in deep-sea cables...people didn't know for a long time why there were such marks in the cables...

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    Actually, I think those were some sort of hagfish or some other primative jawless fish. They look more suited for parasytic feeding or scavenging. Cookie-cutters have much more descernable jaws and have dogfish-like bodies.

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    Image Quest 3D link to deepwater photography

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    Another cool thing about a lot of deep sea animas as that they have the ability produce their own light through bioluminescence. They use specialized organs called photophores to generate light that can be used lure prey or to signal the opposite sex for mating. I remember watching an old national geographic special where scientists were saying how supprised they were to discover how important sight is at those extreme depths with severe low-light. Other fish species that live in different low-light conditions such as in caves have lost the ability of sight all together and either have no eyes or useless/atrophied eyes. Most deep sea animals have huge highly developed eyes which you can see in this thread.

    Anyway, on with the pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzybar
    The creature on the first pix denart posted are called "cookie cutters"...it's a little shark species, which lurks in the dark of the deep sea for big fishes, just to dart off on the "prey" to bite off a chunk of flesh...the wound you can see on the victims looks like a cookie, that's why they are called "cookie cutter"...fishermen even found a goblin-shark with a complete hole in its tail fin...just like blanked out with a machine...

    You can find many of this cookie-shaped marks in deep-sea cables...people didn't know for a long time why there were such marks in the cables...

    I'm in Manitoba Canada. We have a similar creature here. We call them Lamprey. They usually attach themselves to bottom feeders like suckers an Northern Pike (jackfish). Although they don't get quite that big

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    World's giant squid capitol

    Here's a site with amazing photography in a general sense, including these. Tasmania has had four giant squid carcasses wash ashore in recent years:

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    Found here

    http://www.leatherwoodonline.com/tas...quid/index.htm

    And this bizarre squid photograph, apparently self-triggered at a depth of 200 metres off Heard Island in the sub-Antarctic earlier this year.

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    these are just too fucking DOPEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! mannnnnnnnnnnnn.............ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhh....GASP!

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    this thread is amazing. It has literally circulated around the internet..all over the world. I hope more pics keep coming in. What great inspiration for creature designs...yum!

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    Seems that there is a need to inform about the deep sea...

    Very few people know that the deep sea is a gigantic area where nearly everything is still to explore...

    some facts to understand what amazing treasures of nature there can be found:

    - 70% of our planets surface is covered by water...
    - the average depth of the oceans is about 4000 meters (!)
    - sunlight is going through down to 300 meters, beneath this border it's absolutely dark (only submersibles are able to get that deep...and there are very few of them at all...ridiculously few compared to the area)
    - deep sea makes more than 50% of the habitat on earth

    An oceanographer once said "with our methods we even wouldn't have found elephants on land"...

    There is so MUCH to explore down there...don't be surprised if there will be really amazing creatures or anything else found in future...

    link:
    It's a german site, but very good for understanding the deep sea...there are also pictures of creatures and descriptions to them...

    http://www.die-tiefsee.de

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    I hope these are new to some of you.. they were stored away in one of my bookmark folders..

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    this thread is beyond awesome.. keep posting images!

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