Thalassophobia is the technical name for people who have a phobia of the sea or other large bodies of water. Well, I don't have this fear but some fathomless oceans scare me out my wits. I would never want to go inside these saline bodies of waters.
The seas and oceans always have something mysterious to offer and scare us with its unusual and freakish creatures. While the ocean harbours some of the most terrifying creatures that ever existed, they also contain many marvels, majority of which are yet to be explored.
We all know that our oceans are full of secrets. Underwater explorers have discovered mysterious objects of unknown origin. However, there are still quite a few unexplained oceanic mysteries that intrigue us.
Check out below to find out some of the odd and amazing facts about earth's oceanic waters that will terrify you to the core.
For hundreds of years, sailors have told tales of mysterious events that take place far out in the open ocean. No one knew how it happened and it became a mystery thereafter. But after so much reasearch and sample testing scientists found out that there is a bioluminescent bacteria in the water, known as Vibrio harveyi. The bacteria attract the fishes through light they emit. The fishes get attracted towards them and gulp them down in their stomach.
They have been discovered in 7 places in the earth and has also been voted as one of the beautiful places on the earth. But underwater falls are nothing but an illusion that is visible from far.
This magical illusion is created due to the difference in the temperature of water when the cold water strikes the warm water creating a downward flow. One such illusion can be watched off the Mauritius's coast which is an amazing waterfall illusion that attracts people from all over the world.
One of the deadliest waves and it is believed it has sunk more than 200 supertankers and container ships exceeding 200 meters in length.
Did you know there are several unusual sounds coming from the oceans have been recorded by scientists world-wide? Are the sounds caused by very large life forms lurking in the unexplored darkness of earth's deep oceans or something else? It is still a mystery. There are 'Bloop', 'Julia' and 'Train' sounds recorded from hydrophones and their source still remains a riddle.
An underwater 'icicle of death' which sinks to the bottom and destroys everything it comes into contact with has been caught on camera. This phenomenon occurs as the concentrated salt water goes under the surface and freezes everything.
Red tides aren't just the scourge of beach goers, they're also deadly to marine life like fish, birds etc. And they can have a serious impact on human health, too.
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These beautiful geometric formations mysteriously came and went for more than a decade but nobody knew what made them. Finally, the mystery was revealed, a newly discovered species of pufferfish. These fishes make ornate circles to attract their female mates.
Pyrosomes are actually colonies composed of hundreds and sometimes thousands of tiny living beings like bacteria known as zooids. One long pyrosome is actually a collection of thousands of clones, with each individual capable of copying itself and adding to the colony.
The lion's mane jellyfish, also known as the giant jellyfish or the hair jelly is the largest known species of jellyfish. Its range is confined to cold, boreal waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic, and northern Pacific Oceans.
Whirlpools are caused by a turbulent flow of water and is likely to create energetic swirling turbulence. Ancient seafaring folks believe a giant whirlpool, a spinning vortex, would suck down ships and sailors to their watery demise. Even now though, small boats could be pulled down and sailors are warned to avoid these treacherous waters when the tide is running.
A team of researchers including a photosynthesis expert from Arizona State University has found an incredible evidence of photosynthesis taking place deep within the Pacific Ocean. The team found a bacterium that is the first photosynthetic organism that doesn't live off sunlight but from the dim light coming from hydrothermal vents nearly 7,875 feet deep in the ocean.
In the deepest recesses of the ocean, you might expect to find complete darkness. But thanks to bioluminescence, this hidden world is host to an ever-changing light show. Sea creatures. emit light to defend themselves against predators. Some fish can become virtually invisible by matching their glow to the colour and shade of sunlight.