It's weird down there!
Museums Victoria Research Institute
Deep below the surface of the Indian Ocean, this patch of seabed teems with life.
Earlier this month, a crew of scientists on board the research vessel Investigator returned to mainland Australia after 35 days of exploring the deep.
Researchers from several organizations, including the Museums Victoria Research Institute and CSIRO, departed from Darwin on September 31 and sailed to the far-flung islands.
Museums Victoria/Ben Healley
The researchers also brought back numerous deep sea specimens — some of them creepier-looking than others.
Here are 10 peculiar deep sea creatures recovered from the expedition:
10. The deep-sea Viperfish sports glassy icicle teeth and a marbled eye with a shimmering blue ring around it.
8. An up-close view of the craggy maw of a conger eel.
6. It’s not a full Great White Shark, but the researchers did snag one of its lost teeth from the seafloor.
4. Which way is this flatfish looking?
Its asymmetrical face makes it hard to tell.
3. This is the flexy Synaphobranchyus eel, wrapped in a neat spiral.