The Most Bizarre Sea Creatures Discovered In 2022

We might know a lot about this planet, but there’s still plenty that we’re unfamiliar with. For instance, some of the creatures that live in the sea. Exploring the deepest reaches of our oceans isn’t easy, which means there are animals living down there that we haven’t encountered yet. We’re steadily making progress, though, as evidenced by the most bizarre sea creatures discovered in 2022.

An unknown squid species was spotted carrying its eggs off the Californian coast
Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

An unknown squid species was spotted carrying its eggs off the Californian coast

Squid aren’t that uncommon a sea creature, with many people familiar with these animals. However, there’s more than just one species of squid, with some still pretty unknown to us. That includes one from the genus Bathyteuthis which was spotted by MBARI researchers 56 miles off the Californian coast. The squid was discovered at a depth of over 4,500 feet and was notable because it was carrying its eggs, aka brooding. This is unusual because of the greater risk of being attacked by predators.

The identity of these “blue goo” creatures is reportedly still a mystery
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The identity of these “blue goo” creatures is reportedly still a mystery

The problem scientists sometimes have with finding these deep sea creatures is that they can’t always examine them the way they’d like. If they were, it would potentially allow for a greater understanding of what these life forms are. That’s certainly the case with these “blue goo” creatures, which were found several thousand feet below the water’s surface around St. Croix. Potentially identified as soft corals or sea sponges, researchers are still pretty stumped as to what these motionless creatures could be. All they’re apparently sure of is that they’re not rocks.

Blotched sailfish are basically deep-sea jellyfish in fish form
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Blotched sailfish are basically deep-sea jellyfish in fish form

We’ve heard of jellyfish, but not like this. Unlike jellyfish, these creatures take on the form of a more traditional fish. However, they have those same translucent, gelatinous elements that we tend to associate with jellyfish. These creatures are known as blotched snailfish and are covered with ringed spots. They also have a suction cup on their belly, which they use to cling to the seafloor. Thanks to their gelatinous nature, they can handle the pressure of the deep sea. That’s why they’re able to thrive over 2,700 feet below the surface.

The gummy squirrel is a sea cucumber that looks like a half-peeled banana
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The gummy squirrel is a sea cucumber that looks like a half-peeled banana

There are some incredibly bizarre sea creatures living thousands of feet below the surface, and the gummy squirrel is definitely one of them. A sea cucumber that’s around two feet long and looks like a half-peeled banana, it was discovered in the Pacific Ocean. Most notably, it was found by scientists from London’s Natural History Museum between Mexico and Hawaii. The gummy squirrel was actually one of 55 specimens collected by the scientists, many of which had apparently never been seen before.

It’s incredible to think that all of these creatures have been around for years. However, until recently, we didn’t even know that they existed. Who knows what new discoveries might be made in 2023 that will surprise us just as much as these ones did.