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Available from October 2020, Erich Hoyt's new book Strange Sea Creatures (Firefly Books, Ltd., Canada) gives us a glimpse of some of the many weird and wonderful animals from the marine world. Featuring deep sea images by David Shale and Solvin Zankl and unusual creatures from Doug Perrine, Shane Gross and Doc White among others, there is plenty for those seeking out the otherworldly.

The book organizes the creatures into three parts based on where they live in the ocean. Each part has representatives from the various marine animal classes (e.g., fish, crustaceans, jellyfish and siphonophores, squids, tunicates and other invertebrates).
Larval Wonderpus octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus) drifting in the open ocean at night off Anilao, Philippines.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Larval Wonderpus octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus) drifting in the open ocean at night off Anilao, Philippines.
Deep sea Anglerfish female with lure {Himantolophus sp} Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Anglerfish female with lure {Himantolophus sp} Atlantic ocean
Ribbon sawtail fish (Idiacanthus fasciola) from Atlantic Ocean, at a depth of 800-1000m.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Ribbon sawtail fish (Idiacanthus fasciola) from Atlantic Ocean, at a depth of 800-1000m.
Giant deep-sea isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) Picture was taken in cooperation with the Zoological Museum University of Hamburg  -  Solvin Zankl,Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl,Solvin Zankl / Giant deep-sea isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) Picture was taken in cooperation with the Zoological Museum University of Hamburg
Frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) specimen with mouth open, from Atlantic Ocean, at a depth of 729m.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) specimen with mouth open, from Atlantic Ocean, at a depth of 729m.
A forest of Sea cucumbers (Psolus phantapus) feeding, extended up out of the sediment in Scottish sea loch, Loch Duich, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April  -  Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / A forest of Sea cucumbers (Psolus phantapus) feeding, extended up out of the sediment in Scottish sea loch, Loch Duich, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April
Close up of mouth of a Bristleworm {Polychaeta} from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Close up of mouth of a Bristleworm {Polychaeta} from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Bigeye smooth-head (Bajacalifornia megalops) head portrait, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Bigeye smooth-head (Bajacalifornia megalops) head portrait, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Scaleless black dragonfish (Melanostomias biseriatus) showing lure, Atlantic ocean  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Scaleless black dragonfish (Melanostomias biseriatus) showing lure, Atlantic ocean
Fang Tooth {Anoplogaster cornuta} close-up of head showing teeth, from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 2600m  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Fang Tooth {Anoplogaster cornuta} close-up of head showing teeth, from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 2600m
Deepsea cirrate octopod (Stauroteuthis syrtensis) 830m, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea cirrate octopod (Stauroteuthis syrtensis) 830m, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic
Deepsea fish, Oreo (Neocyttus sp), deep sea Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea fish, Oreo (Neocyttus sp), deep sea Atlantic ocean
Bathypelagic Lizard fish (Bathysaurus ferox), deep sea Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Bathypelagic Lizard fish (Bathysaurus ferox), deep sea Atlantic ocean
Binocular fish {Winteria telescopa}  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Binocular fish {Winteria telescopa}
Paper argonaut (Argonauta sp) Gulf of Mexico, deep sea species  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Paper argonaut (Argonauta sp) Gulf of Mexico, deep sea species
Benthic hydrozoan (Ptychogastria polaris). Tasiilaq, East Greenland. April.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Benthic hydrozoan (Ptychogastria polaris). Tasiilaq, East Greenland. April.
Blue dragon / Blue seaslug (Glaucus atlanticus) feeding on a Portuguese man o' war (Physalia utriculus)  along with a much smaller relative, Glaucilla sp. (upside down); Glaucus and Glaucilla store th...  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Blue dragon / Blue seaslug (Glaucus atlanticus) feeding on a Portuguese man o' war (Physalia utriculus) along with a much smaller relative, Glaucilla sp. (upside down); Glaucus and Glaucilla store th...
Phyllosoma larva of Spiny lobster (Palinurus sp) riding a Purple jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca), at night in surface waters of the deep ocean off Kailua Kona, Hawaii,  August. The larval crustacean use...  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Phyllosoma larva of Spiny lobster (Palinurus sp) riding a Purple jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca), at night in surface waters of the deep ocean off Kailua Kona, Hawaii, August. The larval crustacean use...
Commensal emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator / Zenopontonia rex) scuttles across the skin of its host sea cucumber, Dauin, Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines. Bohol Sea  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Commensal emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator / Zenopontonia rex) scuttles across the skin of its host sea cucumber, Dauin, Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines. Bohol Sea
Sea apple (Pseudocolochirus violaceus) on coral reef.  It feeds by filtering the water column with its tentacular crown, successively bringing each arm into its mouth to deliver food particles.  Komod...  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Sea apple (Pseudocolochirus violaceus) on coral reef. It feeds by filtering the water column with its tentacular crown, successively bringing each arm into its mouth to deliver food particles. Komod...
Siphonophore (Physophora hydrostatica) deep sea species from, Atlantic Ocean off Cape Verde. Captive.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Siphonophore (Physophora hydrostatica) deep sea species from, Atlantic Ocean off Cape Verde. Captive.
Gravid Squat Lobster (Galatheid). Collected from coral sea mount near Dragon vent field on SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean.  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Gravid Squat Lobster (Galatheid). Collected from coral sea mount near Dragon vent field on SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean.
Male and female Glass shrimps on Glass sponge (Hexactinellida)  from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Male and female Glass shrimps on Glass sponge (Hexactinellida) from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011
Ghost Lobster (Thalassinidae). Collected from coral sea mount near Dragon vent field on SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean.  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Ghost Lobster (Thalassinidae). Collected from coral sea mount near Dragon vent field on SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean.
Detail of deepsea Stalked barnacles (Pendunculata) from vent chimneys in Dragon Vent field, Indian Ocean, November 2011  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Detail of deepsea Stalked barnacles (Pendunculata) from vent chimneys in Dragon Vent field, Indian Ocean, November 2011
Deepsea benthic Sea cucumber (Peniagone porcella) from mid atlantic ridge, depth approx 2500m, June 2010  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea benthic Sea cucumber (Peniagone porcella) from mid atlantic ridge, depth approx 2500m, June 2010
Deepsea benthic Sea cucumber (Peniagone diaphana ) from mid atlantic ridge, depth approx 2500m. Specimen caught swimming above sea floor, June 2010  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea benthic Sea cucumber (Peniagone diaphana ) from mid atlantic ridge, depth approx 2500m. Specimen caught swimming above sea floor, June 2010
Brittlestar (Ophiuroidea) on Gorgonian seafan coral mid Atlantic Ridge, June 2010  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Brittlestar (Ophiuroidea) on Gorgonian seafan coral mid Atlantic Ridge, June 2010
Deepsea squid {Histioteuthis bonellii} showing chromatophores, from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 200 - 50m  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea squid {Histioteuthis bonellii} showing chromatophores, from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 200 - 50m
Viperfish {Chauliodus sloani} Atlantic  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Viperfish {Chauliodus sloani} Atlantic
Deepsea cirrate octopod (Stauroteuthis syrtensis) 830m, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea cirrate octopod (Stauroteuthis syrtensis) 830m, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic
Amphipod {Paramphithoe hystrix}  benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Amphipod {Paramphithoe hystrix} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe
(Neolithodes sp) a benthic, deep sea crab., deep sea Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / (Neolithodes sp) a benthic, deep sea crab., deep sea Atlantic ocean
Arctic Octopus {Bathypolypus arcticus} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Arctic Octopus {Bathypolypus arcticus} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe
Umbrella mouth (Pelican) gulper eel {Eurypharynx pelecanoides} specimen  -  DOC WHITE
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DOC WHITE / Umbrella mouth (Pelican) gulper eel {Eurypharynx pelecanoides} specimen
Bat fish juvenile {Halicutaea sp} deep sea  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Bat fish juvenile {Halicutaea sp} deep sea
Female Anglerfish - deep sea species {Melanocoetus johnsoni}  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Female Anglerfish - deep sea species {Melanocoetus johnsoni}