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The depths of the ocean are festooned with the most nightmarish creatures imaginable. You might think you're safe, because these critters live thousands of metres down in a cold dark abyss, but the vampire squid, which looks like a nightmare umbrella, and the frilled shark — a literal living fossil — will live on in the recesses of your mind long after you've clicked away. Enjoy these deep sea horrors and try to have a relaxing day afterwards.

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Guppies might look like mindless, mouth-breathing little bastards, but it turns out some of them make better dating decisions than we do. No, really — these tiny fish, with their infinitesimal brains, are somehow more discerning with their mates than us, and we literally invented rockets. And Doritos.

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As currents shift in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, they bring an abundance of nutrients and plankton to the region, luring predators of all sizes. Swarms of anchoveta arrive first for an easy meal, but soon find themselves having to come up with unique ways to fend off larger predators like sharks and tuna. The result should be familiar to fans of the popular B-movie Sharknado.

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Video: Damn, the ocean isn't here to play around. This worm, known as a sand striker, buries itself in the ground and can grow up to twice the length of a human. It has no eyes and no brain and yet it can snatch the body and soul (and everything else) of a fish from right out of the ground. It's like a terrifying death trap, shooting itself out from the floor and making the fish disappear in an instant. Damn.

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Researchers have discovered that Atlantic killifish are now 8000 times more resilient to high levels of toxic waste than other fish, allowing them to survive extreme levels of pollution that would normally be deadly. It sounds like an evolutionary success story, but examples like this are exceptionally rare in the animal kingdom.

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A new study has found that "schooling" is a horrendous process in which an individual's unique personality is unceremoniously supplanted by group-think and the notion of bravery is cast aside when a danger to the overall status quo is presented. School, in this case, is the group that fish swim in. What did you think we were talking about?