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Christmas Gift Guide

Oh, heeeeeey!

Basket stars or fried seafood appetizer?

Say cheese!

Sea centipede?

Sea spiders are thankfully only in the ocean

Jeepers, creepers! Where'd ya get those peepers?

Beware of the ghost shark

Why so crabby?

Spiny fish or deep sea dragon?

Fantasy film creature or dinner?

Sea urchin or Eye of Sauron?

Wish upon a star fish

Another basket star in the net

Sushi anyone?

This deep-sea skate almost looks like it's singing a song to fisherman Roman Fedortsov, who took this photo and posted it to Instagram. But that's not a face, only nostrils and a mouth.

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

The Latin name of this basket star, Gorgonocephalus arcticus, translates to "dreaded head" like that of the Greek monster Gorgon. Here are two of them on top of one another.

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

This eel-like toothsome shark species called the frilled shark has so many teeth it's hard not to have nightmares while staring into its mouth. Fisherman Roman Fedortsov posts photos of creatures he catches in his net to his Twitter feed and Instagram account.

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

Roman Fedortsov works on a fishing trawler in Murmansk, Russia, and regularly comes in contact with odd-looking deep-sea dwellers. For fun, he posts pictures of them on social media.

Is it just us or does this centipede-like sea creature seem to be giving the evil eye?

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

They look like spiders, but sea spiders aren't true arachnids. They're considered primitive marine arthropods called pycnogonids. Sea spiders are carnivorous and eat mostly worms, jellyfish and sponges. So far humans aren't on their menu.

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

This unusual fish photographed by fisherman Roman Fedortsov appears to have big lips and bulging eyes. That's quite a smile smile.

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

Most chimaeras use their venomous spines in the front of their dorsal fins as a defense mechanism. So don't touch!

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

This bizarre crustacean looks like a wise master, or maybe at least a tasty master.

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

This spiny deep-sea fish almost looks like it would feel right at home in the waters of "Game of Thrones." "The mother of dragons?" fisherman Roman Fedortsov captioned this photo.

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

A deep-sea fish or a character from director Guillermo del Toro's film "Pan's Labyrinth?"

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

This purple sea urchin shows off its teeth and dangerous-looking spines.

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

"Another star from the bottom of the sea," fisherman Roman Fedortsov captioned this photo.

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

"Weird one from the bottom of the sea," fisherman Roman Fedortsov captioned this photo. This looks like another kind of basket star complete with spines and hooks on its tendrils which it uses to catch its prey.

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram

These bulbous, spiny fish don't look very friendly or tasty. Can you guess their species?

Caption by / Photo by Roman Fedortsov/Instagram
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