It’s hard to wonder that when over 72 % of the world is covered with water having millions of aquatic species in it but people are able to name just a few of them. Moreover, people haven’t even got a chance to see how beautiful they are in their own world. Life there is immensely diverse and filled of unusual creatures. Here is a list of worlds’ top 10 most beautiful aquatic species.
1. Harlequin Shrimp
These shrimps are a taxon of tropical shrimp in the super family Palaemonoidea. They are colorful and hugely popular for aquariums. Harlequin Shrimps dwell in coral reefs found mostly near the beaches of Australia on the sides of the Great Barrier Reef. These grow up to 2 inches in length and have unusual front legs that are shaped like paddles.
2. Dumbo Octopus
These animals are called “Dumb octopuses” because of the ear-like fins protruding from the top of their head-like bodies and resembling Walt-Disney’s flying elephant character. These animals live at very deep depths like 3000 to 4000 meters and feed on, bivalves, pelagic copepods, and other crustaceans. This species of octopuses can flush the transparent layer of their skin at will.
3. Christmas Tree Worm
Commonly known as Christmas tree worms are small, have their biological name as Spirobranchus giganteus. These are tube-building polychaete worms belonging to the family Serpulidae. The worms’ most distinct features are the two “crowns” that are shaped like Christmas-trees.
4. Chambered Nautilus
It is the most popular species of Natalius. Its shell shows the natural beauty as a mixture of colors and perfect equiangular spirals shell and exhibiting counter shading, being light on the bottom, and dark on top. It also has a great importance in art and literature since the Renaissance period .The Chambered Nautilus is the title and subject of a poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
5. Whale Shark
The whale shark is the biggest fish in the world. It’s often confused with a whale which is wrong. Some of the characteristics of Whale Shark are wide and flat head, small eyes, very large gill slits, dorsal fins and pectoral fins. The whale shark is up to 46 feet (14 m), weighing up to 15 tons. The whale shark has light-yellow markings on its very thick dark gray skin which are very distinct.
They are found in the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and belong to the family of anglerfishes. They live on sandy and muddy bottoms of the continental shelf and continental slope, at extreme depths of 1,000 meter. They have a very large head with a large mouth that has long and sharp teeth like most other fishes in their family. The largest goose fishes may exceed 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) in length.
7. Nudibranch (Chromodoris kuniel)
These are mainly found in Tropical West Pacific. They are animals bearing large purple or purple-brown spots or marks, usually ringed with white. These rings often reticulate brownish background, and a purple border. They are usually of sizes up to 45mm long.
8. Port Jackson Shark
They are a species of sharks which are quite distinguishable because of their blunt heads. These sharks have a harness like marking on their eyes which runs to their dorsal fin. This pattern of theirs makes it very easy to identify these species. They are found in the waters of southern Australia from Queensland to Tasmania. Port Jackson Sharks are considered harmless to humans.
9. Giant Clam
This species gets only one chance in its lifetime to get a nice home. Once it has fastened itself on any silt, there it would spend the rest of its life. These are known to be the largest mollusks on earth and dwell at the bottom of the sea. They are usually found in the warm waters of the South Pacific and Indian oceans. They can reach over 4 meters in length and over 500 pounds in weight. The adductor muscle of the giant clam is actually considered a delicacy.
10. Giant Cuttlefish
The Australian Giant Cuttlefish is the largest species of cuttlefish in the world reaching up to 50 cm in length and 23lbs in weight. A native of Australia they are mainly found in Queensland and Western Australia. They are usually found in seabed, and sand and mud seafloor to a depth of 100 m.