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Frilled Shark (Wikicommons)

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.

Zombie Worms (Osedax roseus)

Zombie worms
(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.

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