This red spiny crab is one of the more colourful creatures found by the RV Investigator crew. It's closely related to the hermit crab, but with the kind of outer armour that says, "mess with me and I will end you."
Most likely to: star in a biopic about a tough fighter with a heart of gold.
Oh, Blind Cusk Eel. You came into this world without eyes, you've traded in scales for slippery gelatinous skin, and you live 2,000 to 6,000 metres below the surface. You are the junk of the ocean (in more ways than one), but we love you all the same.
Most likely to: continually bonk its head on the ocean floor, just trying to find a friend.
Sheesh. This "faceless" fish was originally discovered during the first round-the-world oceanographic expedition conducted by the HMS Challenger. Hauled up from 4 km below the surface, it was rediscovered off the coast of Australia 140 years after the Challenger voyage.
Most likely to: scare the ascot off a gentleman in 1876.
Down in the abyssal twilight zone, Dragon Fish generate their own light to lure prey in a process called bioluminescence. This fish was caught 1,500 metres below the water, presumably coming home from an all-night abyssal rave.
Most likely to: release an album of deep-cut EDM remixes.
The Corallimorph is like the Eye of Sauron of the sea, but without the evil, piercing gaze. It belongs to the same group of sealife as anemones and hard corals, and just like the Eye of Sauron, it lacks an exoskeleton.
Brittle Stars are found all around the globe and have been around for 480 million years, despite having no eyes and no brain. It's good to know that longevity basically comes down to twirling your fabulous arms around a clump of gonads, mouth and stomach. Give me a B! Give me an R!
These silica-based lifeforms hook tiny crustaceans on their spines and slowly digest them. They might only be 5 to 15 centimetres long, but that's not the best way to go.
Most likely to: grow in the garden of the damned.
Caption byClaire Reilly
/ Photo by Karen Gowlett-Holmes/Museums Victoria
Fear rating: 1.
Like a puffer fish, the coffinfish can blow itself up to look bigger to predators. If you zoom in close, you can see the exact moment this fish realised its predator was a giant scientific research vessel.
Most likely to: get left behind during the family's Christmas vacation and have to fend off burglars.
OK, we'll say it: The abyss has an eye problem. The Spiderfish does away with eyes all together in favour of a greeny-yellow plate on its head, capable of detecting bioluminescent prey. But can it detect love?