Leviathan

Leviathan

Up from the depths… Leviathan (/lᵻˈvaɪ.əθən/; Hebrew: לִוְיָתָן, ModernLivyatan, TiberianLiwyāṯān) is a huge creature referenced in the Tanakh, or the Old Testament. This word has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature. In literature (e.g.,...
Japanese Giant Hornet

Japanese Giant Hornet

You should read about how these nasty hornets can get “cooked” when they pick on the wrong guy. You have to read this! The Japanese giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica) is a subspecies of the world’s largest hornet, the Asian giant hornet (V....
Stargazer Fish

Stargazer Fish

Go ahead, wish upon a star. Just don’t step on one. The stargazers are a family, Uranoscopidae, of perciform fish that have eyes on top of their heads (hence the name). The family includes about 51 species (one extinct) in eight genera, all marine and found...
Viperfish

Viperfish

Okay, yes. There are a lot of deep sea fish that look sorta like cousins to each other. Granted. They just look so nasty/cool that it seems worth listing some of the subtle differences and including them in the pantheon of living monsters. Besides, just because you...
Sarcastic fringehead

Sarcastic fringehead

Apparently, the sarcastic fringehead is quite aggressive and protective of its home. It can grow up to about 1 foot long. Do note, if you are visiting the San Francisco area, look out for this big mouth if you go swimming! The sarcastic fringehead, Neoclinus...
Goblin Shark

Goblin Shark

Here’s a lovely looking fellow, you wouldn’t likely want to see at the beach. The goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) is a rare species of deep-sea shark. Sometimes called a “living fossil”, it is the only extant representative of the family...