Humanity’s preoccupation with grizzly, nightmarish creatures of the deep has been passed down through the generations. The ocean is a vast and uncharted habitat, chock-full of strange and unpleasant creatures. We all love a monster, right up until the point that it eats us, and if that monster happens to come from the vast depths of the ocean’s unexplored chasms, then all the better, all the scarier, all the more compelling.
It might be tempting – and reassuring – to imagine that the sea monsters depicted in fiction are just that; a romanticised and exaggerated artistic license, with no bearing on reality. But the truth is that there may well be weird, unusual and entirely alien-looking creatures roaming the deep sea, that our brightest mind’s are utterly unaware of. Take the enormous 50 ft long sea creature that has been discovered washed up on the shoreline of an Indonesian island, for example.