Less than 5% of Earth’s ocean has been explored. So far we’ve mapped more of the moon’s surface, and at a higher resolution, than we have of our own oceans. So when the occasional horrifying-looking deep sea creature is discovered we probably shouldn’t be too shocked.

It’s almost like the one condition of a life-form being able to survive the dark, crushing pressures of the deep ocean means it has to resemble something from a SciFi horror movie.

WTF is this?! Deep sea creature caught by fisherman Roman Fedorstov (Twitter)

WTF is this?! Deep sea creature caught by fisherman Roman Fedorstov (Twitter)

Take for example, this “Kill It With Fire” Creature Exhibit A, which was recently captured by a deep sea fisherman in Russia.

According to Scientific American, “So far, less than 0.05% of the ocean floor has been mapped to that highest level of detail by sonar, which is an area roughly equivalent in size to Tasmania”.

The best we have to date, is a worldwide map of the ocean floor to a resolution of about 5km (which makes finding a lost plane wreck the equivalent of finding needle in a haystack).

With this being the case, It’s not too unreasonable to suggest that perhaps there are creatures in existence down there which humans haven’t discovered yet. Many have even theorised that prehistoric creatures such as the Plesiosaur, previously believed to be extinct, could have survived whatever cataclysm killed the dinosaurs, and still be roaming the murky depths of the ocean somewhere. This could account for many modern sightings of sea or deep lake creatures around the world, including the infamous Loch Ness Monster.

Many indigenous cultures around the world have traditional myths and stories about sea creatures and deep lake ‘monsters’. Considering how little we have actually explored of the Earth’s oceans to date, who are we to assume that these supposed “monsters” weren’t real animals, which just haven’t been spotted in a long time or have since become extinct?

Remains of a plesiosaur caught off the coast of New Zealand?

Remains of a plesiosaur caught off the coast of New Zealand?

There have been quite a few modern-day suspected “plesiosaur” sightings around the world. Sometimes they just turn out to be decomposing whale or shark carcasses. One of the most famous of these cases involved a Japanese trawler picking up a supposed ‘plesiosaur’ off the coast of New Zealand in 1977. The Japanese were so excited over the discovery that they released a postage stamp commemorating the event.

There have been many accounts just like this, including more than a few cases which have remained unexplained to this day (Just Google if you feel like getting lost down a Cryptozoology wormhole).

And that’s more than enough to get my imagination going!