The Scariest Monsters of the Deep Sea
We took the spook-tacular celebration to the depths of the ocean, where some of the craziest—and scariest—looking creatures lurk in the dark.
- By Emily G. Frost and Hannah Waters
- October 30, 2012, Subscribe
|Learn more about the
ocean from the
Smithsonian's Ocean Portal.
(Ocean Portal / Yoshihiro Fujiwara / JAMSTEC)
Zombie worms live in the bones of dead whales. With no mouth, anus or gut, the four-centimeter-long worms survive by secreting an acid that breaks up the whalebone. With the help of a symbiotic partner-in-crime (bacteria that digest whale fat), worms are able to absorb nutrients.