Fisherman's Photos of Extraordinary Creatures From the Deep Dark Sea

Deepwater Frill Shark Caught by Fisherman
Rare and little-known deepwater Frill Shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus Garman, 1884).

Dr. Niels Daan / World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

A Russian deep-sea fisherman tweets photos of the wild things he finds while exploring the depths of the ocean.

So there’s a deep-sea fisherman named Roman Fedortsov who works on a fishing trawler out of Murmansk, Russia. He finds things during the course of his day – things that somebody much more skilled in marine biology than I am might even have a hard time naming. And then he tweets photos of them.

The Moscow Times picked up some of the photos and Gizmodo picked up some more. The general consensus seems to be “monster!” and “hell no!” and “burn with fire!”

I, on the other hand, think, “awwww!” First of all, I would much prefer to see these beauties remaining in the deep dark sea from which they came. But if we are going to be given the chance to see such incredible creatures, I say we slip out of our squeamish species-centric frames of mind and embrace the others. Even if they do look a bit ... different.

Pictured here is a rare, deepwater shark known as a Frill Shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus Garman, 1884). What do you think? Aren’t they wonderful? Given the challenges of living in the deep sea, I think they've adapted admirably.