Diving Bell in Oceanic Abyss
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Discover the Creatures of the Deep!

Thousands of feet below sea level, a world of unusual creatures call the dark depths of Pacific Ocean their home. Little Passports went on an under-the-sea adventure into the Mariana trench–which reaches 36,000 feet below the ocean surface–to learn more about these alien-like animals. From glowing shrimp to starfish with hundreds of arms, we set out to explore the mysteries of the creatures of the deep!

Basket Star

Basket Star in the Ocean

This is not your typical starfish! The basket star is a special invertebrate (which means that it has no backbone) with an intricate web of arms. Every arm can grow up to three feet long and has tiny hooks to reel in food such as tiny mollusks and plankton. This basket star doesn’t have to worry about broken arms; it is able to regrow its limbs!

“Dumbo” Octopus

Named for its flapping ears that resemble Walt Disney’s beloved flying elephant, this octopus slinks along the sea floor down to depths of 13,000 feet. It can use its ears to shoot itself upwards and its skirt-like arms to move in any direction. Most dumbos choose to live in icy waters in total darkness to avoid large predators and human activity.

Deepsea Hydromedusa

Deepsea Hydromedusa

This fascinating, wiry-framed creature was recently discovered by scientists in the Mariana Trench. In fact, it still doesn’t have a scientific name! It emits its own light through a process called bioluminescence, which gives it the glowing appearance.

Blobfish

While this guy isn’t the prettiest creature in the sea, the blobfish is certainly unique. It’s jelly-like skin allows it to float above the sea floor without using energy or swimming.

Blobfish

Image Source: Los Angeles Times

Goblin Shark

Goblin shark

This rare deep-sea shark has a long snout that is covered in sensors that allow it to sense the weak electric fields produced by nearby animals. Watch out–when the shark find something it wants to eat, it can swallow it whole!

Barreleye Fish

This strange fish has a see-through head! It’s bright green, tube-shaped eyes are good for absorbing light as it swims through the dark depths of the ocean. It’s eyes move inside a clear membrane that covers the fish’s head like a shield to protect it.

Thanks for taking a dive in the deep end with us!

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