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    Grenadiers: This large species has a rounded head and a mouth which faces forward to catch squid and fish that swim up off the sea floor. As in most other rattails, the males of this species have a special drum machine on their swim bladder that is used to attract females.

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    So we've (allegedly) been to the Moon and to Mars, but guess what? We have barely begun to visit the depth of our vast oceans. In fact, less than 10% of the deep blue seas have been explored. The ocean contains 97% of our water and 99% of the living area. While we have identified 212,906 marine species, there are possibly 25 million more that we DON'T know about. Suddenly, the Loch Ness Monster doesn't seem so far-fetched.

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Please, I have a love for the ocean and there is only one thing I want to do when I grow up, it is to study the marine life and protect all of the ocean's amazing animals, and if you didn't know, they do a lot for us, so do their animals. And you wouldn't believe how important the phytoplankton are to the ocean!

'The Piglet' (2010) photographed by Polpich Komson. Nudibranch. via Nauticam Thailand on flickr

This ridiculous looking fish is often ridiculed by sea lions. The sea lions can't really eat them due to their extremely tough skin. Instead, they bounce them back and forth like a volley ball. "Mom the sea lions used me as a frizbee again waaaahhhh" *ridiculous fish

Strange creatures of the sea… Well these are where my nightmares will be coming from for the next while. Why do these exist!

Nudibranch's are some of the coolest and most wonderfully varied creatures in the ocean in my opinion. I love them!

titan triggerfish. heard some horror stories about these things. more scared of these than anything.

The ocean has beautiful coral reef, fish and is the most peaceful place, we must also protect this environment from dumping.

The endangered blobfish lives half a mile under the surface of the Pacific Ocean - making it rarely seen by humans.Scientists have warned that the miserable-looking fish faces extinction thanks to over-fishing by deep-sea trawlers - who dredge up the species along with other catches. Despite being inedible itself, the blobfish unluckily lives at the same depths as other more appetising ocean organisms, including crab and lobster.

Nudibranch by Dermal Denticles via ferrebeekeeper: Nudibranchs are gastropod mollusks which live in the oceans worldwide from the polar regions to the tropics. The slugs live in virtually all depths and various species range from the shallow intertidal surf to depths of more than over 700m. Although the majority of nudibranchs are benthic creatures which crawl along the seafloor, some prefer other lives and float upside down under the oceans surface or swim in the water column. #Nudibranch