If you had second thoughts about the sea after you watched Jaws as a kid, or Open Water as an adult, the stuff this Russian fisherman has been pulling out of the deep blue will convince you to live the dry life forever.
Roman Fedortsov trawls the Barents Sea of northwest Russia (in case you weren’t already sceptical about what goes on there) just off of the coast of Mumansk and shares his horrendous finds on his Twitter and Flickr accounts.
Finds like this frilled shark, with rows of teeth that would shred you to bits:
Or this thing no one is quite sure about:
Or this chimaera - aka the ‘ghost shark’ - thanks to its cold dead eyes that glow in the light, but are sunken in the dark:
This marine spider, because even underwater you’re not safe from eight-legged freaks:
And all these terrifying creatures that we wouldn’t even know where to begin with.
Just look at the state of these things:
This one looks a bit like Michael Gove:
Most of them are as black as fear itself because that’s the best colour for camouflage in a world away from Nemo’s fun and games.
The creatures live in the ‘twilight zone’ of the ocean, 200 to 1,000 metres below the surface of the earth, of which we have only explored around 0.05 per cent. Some come from even deeper, in the bathyal zone, which drops further between 1,000 to 4,000 metres, where there is zero sunlight.
To put things in perspective, we know less about what is in the deep ocean than we do about Mars.
Sweet dreams, friends.