What harmless looking fish is actually the most poisonous in the world? Which creature can regenerate its internal organs? What animal has the know-how to unscrew the lid from a jar? Come marvel at some of nature's most unusual creations in the Bizarre & Beautiful gallery where you'll learn the answers to these questions and many many more. You'll be an ocean trivia whiz in no time!

Notable species

California Spiny Lobster

California Spiny Lobster

(Panulirus interruptus)

To grow, spiny lobsters have to shed their shells through molting. They leave their old shells behind in such perfect condition, they often act as ‘decoy’ lobsters to predators.

Diet

Sea urchins, clams, mussels, and worms

Size

Average 12 inches, but can double that and weigh up to 20 pounds

Habitat

Rocky substrates at depths of up to 200 ft. Although found in shallow water including tide pools, more frequently found in deeper waters

Range

Eastern Pacific Ocean from Monterey Bay, California to the Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico

King Crab

California King Crab

(Paralithodes californicus)

The right claw, or 'fighter' claw, is always larger than the left-side or 'feeder' claw. Some crab species also use this large claw to attract females and ward off predators by waving it in the air.

Diet

Sea stars and scavenged food

Size

About 6-12 inches across

Habitat

Deep sea floor of the Pacific Ocean

Range

California coast

Giant Pacific Octopus

Giant Pacific Octopus

(Enteroctopus dofleini)

Contrary to popular belief, the appendages of octopuses are called arms, not tentacles.

Diet

Shrimp, clams, lobsters, and fish

Size

9.75 feet to 16 feet

Habitat

Intertidal zones done to 6,600 feet, and best adapted to cold, oxygen rich water

Range

Coastal North Pacific United States, Alaska, Russia, northern Japan, and Korea

Lionfish

Lionfish

(Pterois volitans)

The pain of a lionfish sting delivered to a human can last for days and cause suffering such as sweating and a slowed respiratory rate.

Diet

Small fish and invertebrates

Size

Between 12 -15 inches

Habitat

All marine habitat types found in warm marine waters

Range

Natively found in the Indo-Pacific region. Have become an invasive problem in the Caribbean Sea, as well as along the East Coast of the United States