Weird Creatures From the Deep

A massive census of the oceans has turned up a trove of strange marine wildlife, from jellyfish to octopuses to anemones

The Australian Dragonfish (Dr. Julian Finn, Museum Victoria)


Spider conch
(Brian Wolly)
China is one of the 25 areas targeted by the Census of Marine Life, and its seabeds have the greatest density of different species. The spider conch (Lambis chiragra), a gastropod mollusk with six fingerlike projections sticking out of its shell, is one of these seabed dwellers. Female spider conchs can grow to be up to eight inches larger than males, though the apertures, or openings, of male shells tend to be more brightly colored.

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