You won't believe what they found under the sea!
The ocean covers 80% of our world. It’s estimated that to date humans have explored less than 5 percent of the entire world’s water. Considering that for centuries travel by water was our primary mode of transportation over long distances, it’s reasonable to assume there are hundreds, maybe thousands of interesting things, treasures, and creatures that lie undiscovered in the vast expanse of the oceans.
But as we continue to search this great unexplored expanse, humans have made some astounding discoveries. Some of the things here are ancient, some new (relatively speaking), but all are jaw-droppingly cool.
The stargazers are a family of perciform fish. They have eyes located on the top of their heads, and they’re super weird looking.
The fish are venomous, as they have two large venomous spines right behind their opercles and above their pectoral fins. They can also cause electric shocks. They have a single electric organ that consists of modified eye muscles.
Stargazers are a delicacy in some cultures, as the venom is surprisingly not poisonous when consumed by humans. The coolest thing about these fish is their ability to dig themselves into the dirt and camouflage themselves while waiting to attack. Because they can deliver both venom and electric shocks, they’ve been called “the meanest things in creation.”
Black Sea Underwater River
The Black Sea, located in the Atlantic Ocean between Eastern Europe and Western Asia, had a pretty big secret discovered back in August of 2010.
The discovery was that there was an undersea river located in the Black Sea itself. You heard that right. The undersea river is a current of saline water flowing through the Bosphorus Straight along the seabed of the sea. The discovery was made by scientists at the University of Leeds, and they declared it as the first of its kind in the world.
The river supposedly contains features that are similar to rivers found on the surface like waterfalls, rapids, floodplains, and even river banks… The only catch is that it’s all underwater!
The huge river flows at a speed of four miles per hour, and it was found to be 37 miles long and up to 115 feet deep. If it was on the surface, it would be the sixth largest river in the world.
The Frilled Shark
Sharks are some of the scariest creatures on the planet, but frilled sharks… frilled sharks are downright terrifying. They have a wide and patchy distribution across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans but consider yourself lucky if you never see one of these in person.
These creatures have several different primitive features and they’re often referred to as a living fossil. They can be as big as 6’6 long, and they have an eel-like body with a dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins. They move like snakes when they capture their prey. They have large, flexible jaws that can swallow prey whole. They do have eyes, even though in this picture it might look like a horrifying blind creature coming straight at you with no regard for human life.