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This Deep-Sea Lizard Fish Is Total Nightmare Fuel

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Asher Flatt, NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub/CSIRO

A team of scientists exploring the deep sea off the Australian coast has shared a fish that makes Freddy Krueger seem like the normal neighbor in Nightmareville. 

The mission's chief scientist Tim O'Hara, a senior curator at Museums Victoria, describes the deep sea as "jelly and fangs." The latter is certainly true in this video of a deep-sea lizard fish they shared at the expedition's site, Blogging the Abyss.

Aboard the Investigator, a research vessel from the Australian Marine National Facility, John Pogonoski of the CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection can be seen showing off the recently caught deep-sea lizard fish. (See the original with his explanation below.)

The ambush predator can grow to a horrific two feet in length and has flexible teeth that help pull prey deeper into terror's gaping maw. Lurking in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific oceans, the rarely-seen predator lives 3,000 to 8,000 feet below the surface. It's a "synchronous hermaphrodite," according to Pogonoski, "which means it has functional male and female reproductive organs."

The team's mission to map and better understand the region's biodiversity will continue until mid-June.

The deep sea is a horrifying place. But you knew that already.

h/t National Geographic

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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record but has never met the fingernail lady. Follow him @dlukenelson.