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Bizarre photos of deep-sea creatures will change how you see the ocean

From blob and cucumber-shaped fish to fish that look like dragons, stegosauruses, and aliens, here are some of Roman Fedorstov's weirdest catches. ...
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The ridge scaled rattail comprises a small part of the diet of squid and albatross , according to 'Antarctic Fishes' by Mitsuo Fukuchi and Harvey J. Marchant.

  • Deep-sea fisherman, Roman Fedortsov, works on a fishing trawler.
  • Located off the coast of northwest Russia, Fedortsov's boat often catches fish from the deep sea.
  • Some of the fish are so monstrous and grotesque, they look like they've come straight out of a science fiction movie.
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Russian deep-sea fisherman, Roman Fedortsov, works on a fishing trawler that sets sail from Murmansk, a port city in the very northwest of Russia of around 300,000 inhabitants.

While that might not seem like a particularly unusual job at first, what's curious about Fedortsov is that he's caught the attention of social media users around the world by posting some pretty bizarre catches on his Instagram account.

Some are pretty monstrous and look so grotesque, they look like they've come straight out of a sci-fi movie.

Take a look through some of his most baffling catches below.

From one day to the next, there’s no shortage of weird creatures for the trawler to find.

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If it weren’t so slimy, it could almost pass as cute.

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Well, maybe not this one.

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Is it a donut? Is it a fish? Whatever it is, it’s a bit gross.

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Often described as living fossils, frilled shark have terrifying teeth.

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Some fish like this beaked redfish have huge mouths.

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These little fish look a bit like dragons – they’re Atlantic poachers.

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The tongue-eating louse enters a fish through its gills, eats its tongue, and acts as a new one.

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This female bearded seadevil looks like something out of an Alien movie.

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Deep-sea fish are often unusual-looking.

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Arctic eelpouts have been known to snack on the odd crustacean.

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Many of the deep-sea fish on Roman Fedortsov’s Instagram feature bright and beautiful colors.

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The ridge scaled rattail comprises a small part of the diet of squid and albatross, according to ‘Antarctic Fishes’ by Mitsuo Fukuchi and Harvey J. Marchant.

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Pressure changes from moving deepwater fish to the surface can dramatically change how they look.

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They aren’t always the most attractive of creatures but they’re certainly fascinating to look at.

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Some deep-sea fish have eerily human appearances.

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The stoplight loosejaw is a small, deep-sea dragonfish.

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Is it a sea cucumber? Is it a fish? Whatever it is, it’s slimy.

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This squid doesn’t have human teeth – they’re flaps of skin.

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These cute little fish look a little like sea-stegosauruses.

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While some of Fedortsov’s catches are grotesque, others are almost beautiful.

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Nor this one.

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