What lurks in the darkest, deepest recesses of the oceans? If you’ve personally wondered this, you are not alone. However, there are few answers to give. This is because, though water covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surfaces, humans have only explored 5 percent of all oceans.
This is staggering to consider, right? Fortunately, deep-sea fisherman and prolific Twitter user Roman Fedortsov is helping educate the masses on what lurks in the oceans by sharing photos of the creatures he finds.
As Science Alert reports, Fedortsov is based in the port city of Murmansk, Russia, which is located near the Barents Sea. The sea opens into the Arctic ocean, where the fisherman and his crew do most of their work. Sometimes, they venture as far as the coast of Morocco.
Almost ever trip, Fedortsov discovers weird-looking creatures which (sadly) wander into his nets. He then takes pictures of the odd-looking beings and uploads them to Twitter. His findings have captivated hundreds of thousands of people — including scientists who seek to learn more about what skulks in areas of the oceans we have yet to explore.
We’ll be honest. Some of the creatures he’s found are the stuff of nightmares. For instance, here is an anglerfish sitting in the palm of someone’s hand:
— Роман Федорцов (@rfedortsov) December 13, 2016
And, whatever this is…
вот такой попадался еще:) pic.twitter.com/76NbF4qCRf
— Роман Федорцов (@rfedortsov) December 14, 2016
You might be wondering, “Why are all of the sea creatures black or red?” Simply, this is because those are the best colors to be if you live in the deep sea. Many of the creatures Fedortsov finds live in the “twilight zone” of the ocean — otherwise known as the Mesopelagic region. It extends from a depth of 200 to 1,000 meters (approximately 660 to 3,300 feet) below the surface.
Below the Mesopelagic is the bathyal zone. The area spans from 1,000 to 4,000 meters deep (3,300 to 13,000 feet) and is completely devoid of sunlight. Those that live in the deepest region receive only the tiniest hints of light penetration. And because black absorbs every wavelength of light without reflecting any back, it is the safest color to be if you don’t want to be eaten.
The same goes for red-hued deep sea creatures. As the US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains: “The black animals absorb all colours of light available, and the red animals appear black as well; there is no red light to reflect and their bodies absorb all other available wavelengths of light. Thus red and black animals predominate.”
The creatures range from cute to freaky to downright terrifying. Scroll through some of the photos Fedortsov has uploaded to Twitter below:
— Роман Федорцов (@rfedortsov) November 21, 2016
— Роман Федорцов (@rfedortsov) December 2, 2017
— Роман Федорцов (@rfedortsov) July 5, 2016
— Роман Федорцов (@rfedortsov) December 11, 2016
Linophryne Brevibarbata,commonly called the “Bearded SeaDevils”.This is a female😜
Удильщик.Называют «Бородатый Морской Дьявол».Это девочка 😜 pic.twitter.com/sIB6pkEQVL
— Роман Федорцов (@rfedortsov) November 24, 2017
— Роман Федорцов (@rfedortsov) December 27, 2017
Disapproving look pic.twitter.com/Ge9Q7HFKcg
— Роман Федорцов (@rfedortsov) November 16, 2017
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