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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

The Sloane’s viperfish (Chauliodus sloani)

Sloane's Viperfish
(Smithsonian Institution / National Museum of Natural History)
At less than a foot long, the Sloane’s viperfish may seem relatively harmless, but its teeth are a force to be reckoned with. The fang-like chompers are more than half the size of the viper’s head, allowing the fish to impale prey by swimming at the victim headfirst, mouth agape.

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