These unbelievable photos may look like something out of Alien, but these expectation-defying sea creatures live far closer to home than the monsters in Ridley Scott’s iconic film. The photos of the mysterious deep-sea beasts were taken by a fisherman off the northwest coast of Russia and are taking the internet by storm.
Roman Fedortsov has become an online celebrity for the incredible sea creatures that end up in his nets, with the trawlerman frequently posting snaps of his bizarre catches to the internet and asking for help with identification.
Check it out per the Daily Mail:
The latest additions to his collection include a weird shark-like creature with bright red bug eyes which the fisherman dubbed “fish zombie.”
Mr. Fedortsov, from the city of Murmansk in north-western Russia’s Arkhangelsk Oblast region, added: “By the way, it’s a very famous and delicious fish.”
The startling image made a big impression on the trawlerman’s 280,000 followers on Instagram.
Mr. Fedortsov fishes in the Barents Sea, a shallow sea that opens onto the Arctic Ocean.
His nets drop down to the ocean’s “twilight zone,” the mysterious ecosystem of the deep ocean of which we’ve explored less than 0.05 percent.
The zone is the area between 660 to 3,300 feet (200 to 1,000 meters) below the surface known as the Mesopelagic zone that has produced a range of weird and wonderful creatures rarely seen by humans.
Mr. Fedortsov is in charge of fish processing on his boat, meaning he gets to see a range of strange marine creatures, and he regularly posts photos of the more unusual species found in the nets.
He works for around three months at a time on expeditions and has sailed around the world, including to African and Atlantic waters.
Mr. Fedortsov said: “Followers get an idea that every time we pull up a net it is full of extraordinary fish. In reality, it is not true. It happens rarely. I think all fish are beautiful in their own way. I can’t say that some are ugly or monstrous.”
Mr. Fedortsov is clearly proud of his collection but is as mystified by many of the creatures as anyone, often asking his followers to help with identifying them.
Wow! What’s the strangest creature you’ve ever come across?