Deep-sea creatures that might look more at home as extras in a Steven Spielberg film have been found off Queensland's coast.
Ehrm ... what would you call this? Source: Supplied
THEY'RE the creepy critters from the deep that are rarely seen by humans, so it's no wonder the world watches with wide-eyes once a creature emerges from the depths of the ocean.
This incredible image of a two-headed dolphin surfaced after a man discovered its corpse on a Turkish beach this week.
Picture: Tugrul Metin Source: AP
"I couldn't take it in at first. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I've never even heard about a dolphin like this let alone seen one with my own eyes — I was completely shocked," said sports teacher Tugrul Metin.
The dolphin was believed to have been a one-year-old calf measuring 3.2ft in length.
"Such a dolphin is a very rare occurrence — similar to the occurrence of conjoined human twins, "said Ak Deniz University's Mehmet Gokoglu.
The dolphin carcass follows a long list of incredible finds from the ocean. Here's the latest:
The dead whale shark is carried on a tractor in a seafood wholesale market in the Xiangzhi township in Quanzhou, east China's Fujian province. Source: AFP
The Chinese fisherman who pulled in this "super fish" was so proud of his catch he strapped it to his vehicle and brought it to market — apparently not realising it was an endangered whale shark.
The disturbing images of the whale shark — which is a protected species — being hauled through the town of Xiangzhi in Fujian province caused a stir on Weibo, China's equivalent to Twitter.
Local fishermen caught the whale shark, which they thought was a "sea monster" and reported to local police after returning from the sea. Source: AFP
GIANT 'SEA DRAGON'
Giant sea dragon, perhaps? Source: Supplied
The remains of this mysterious, bizarre sea creature found on a Spanish beach left experts baffled last September.
The four-metre-long creature, with what appear to be horns, was found decomposing on Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, Spain, leaving locals wondering if they had caught a glimpse of a mythical sea monster from the deep.
"It's hard to know what we are dealing with," PROMAR Sea Life Defence Program spokesman Paco Toledano told Ideal Ameria.
"It's very decomposed and we cannot identify what it is."
Experts are baffled after the discovery of four-metre-long horned creature on a Spanish beach.
A video posted to YouTube showed the 9-metre long corpse on Pukehina Beach in the Bay of Plenty. Source: Supplied
This bizarre-looking corpse washed ashore in New Zealand last May, fuelling speculation that it was the remains of a prehistoric sea monster from the deep. The 9-metre-long corpse had basic flippers and a gaping jaw with long, sharp teeth.
Marine mammal expert Anton Van Heldon examined the 'monster' carcass and believes it is a killer whale, based on the fin structure.
A bizarre-looking carcass washed ashore recently on a New Zealand beach, fueling speculation that it was some sort of sea monster
THE MONTAUK MONSTER
Dubbed the Montauk Monster, rumours grew that it was part of a secret breeding program by the US Government. Source: Supplied
The Montauk Monster was an animal carcass thought to be a raccoon that washed ashore on a beach near the business district of Montauk, New York in July 2008. The identity of the creature has been the subject of controversy and speculation, especially considering it is not known what happened to the carcass.
Scientists measure a rare, giant octopus found dead on a beach in Los Muermos. Source: AP
In 2003, the bizarre 12-metre, 13-tonne "Chilean blob" shocked the world when it washed ashore on Los Muermos beach. Puzzled marine biologists speculated the blob could be a type of giant squid, but DNA tests on the blubbery mass eventually determined it was the remains of a sperm whale.
'UNICORN OF THE SEA'
Picture: Michael Baron Source: Supplied
Deep sea divers captured images of the elusive Pyrostremma spinosum in open water off the coast of Tasmania last year. The incredible deep-sea glow worm dubbed 'Unicorn of the Sea' can grow up to 30 metres long.
Picture: Michael Baron Source: Supplied
A marine science instructor snorkelling off the southern California coast spotted the silvery carcass of this 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish. Picture: Catalina Island Marine Institute Source: Supplied
A marine science instructor snorkelling off California couldn't believe her eyes when she saw the silvery carcass of a 5-metre-long, serpent-like oarfish.
Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature to shore last October.
Because oarfish dive more than 914 metres deep, sightings of the creatures are rare and they are largely unstudied, according to CIMI.
The obscure fish apparently died of natural causes.
A Florida fisherman thought he was going to need a bigger boat after snagging a rare 362kg sea monster off Miami Beach.
Captain Mark Quartiano, better known as 'Mark the Shark', posted a photo of the bizarre catch on Instagram in November last year with the caption, "rare deep water dactylobatus caught while filming a TV show soon to air at the end of the year."
Very little is known about the species of fish apart from the fact it mostly inhabits muddy bottoms of the continental slope at depths of up to 915 metres.