Around 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, but unless you have gills, you probably haven’t explored it all that much. Enter Roman Federstov. A Russian fisherman, he works on a trawler near the northwestern city of Murmansk, and he’s been sharing his deep sea discoveries on Twitter for most of this year. Federstov has revealed a truth that we probably suspected all along: the ocean can be terrifying and thoroughly fascinating, filled with creatures whose appearances you’ll see when you close your eyes at night.
There are flesh-piercing pinchers, and creatures with gaping mouths, and even some adorable starfish. Thankfully the internet can offer a glimpse at the most petrifying of them. Here are 20 of the best:
This one looks slightly human in a few disturbing ways. That is all.
This guy’s amber eyes will give you a fright in the dark.
“Sorry, can I just interrupt…”
Impressive set of gnashers … probably not so nice if you’re on the receiving end.
This hand-sized foe looks manageable, but probably wouldn’t fit in with a home aquarium.
This guy looks how I feel after a night out.
As does this one.
Eye of fish or eye of Sauron?
“Well hey there!”
Would not like to be in between those claws.
This one looks like a ball of ink. It probably isn’t, as that wouldn’t be a very practical design for a fish, but it looks like one.
Rays are probably the best paper-shaped fish in all the Russian seas.
Ask a question by turning your body into the shape of a question mark.
This guy looks ready to start a fight.
This gives you a sense of scale.
This is all kinds of terrifying.
And finally, a nice little soothing one to round things off. Look at those colors! If there were more fish like that in the sea, and less like the other 18, perhaps I would’ve gone into fishing instead of just writing about fish.