My first draft of this story was basically “NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE,” all caps, over and over again, occasionally interrupted by “Oh wait, this one’s kinda cute,” then another avalanche of “Aw-hell-no.” As I recall, this went on for about six and a half paragraphs.
For the sake of journalistic integrity, I decided to delete that version and try again. I’m sure you’ll thank me shortly.
The accompanying images were first shared with the world via the Twitter feed of Roman Fedortsov, a deep-sea fisherman based in the Russian port community of Murmansk.
It’s not yet clear whether Fedortsov intended to utterly traumatize tens of thousands of Twitter users via these photos… but judging by the web reactions so far, that seems to have been the majority outcome.
At any rate, the images have revealed to the world just what kind of unearthly, hell-spawned horrors are lurking within the planet’s vast oceans.
Fedortsov’s Twitter feed — which includes some casually humorous asides about his various horrific finds — initially caught the attention of the Moscow Times, who posted several of them yesterday.
But when Gizmodo picked up the story soon after that, the nightmare-inducing creatures quickly touched off a viral shitstorm… suffice to say there are a lot of people who won’t be sleeping quite as soundly tonight.
However, just as many users have commented on their fascination and amazement with the bizarre marine specimens, most of which are seldom seen with this kind of clarity… and sci-fi & horror fans are quick to point out how the creatures resemble living manifestations of deep-sea monstrosities described by author H.P. Lovecraft, or depicted in the art of surrealist H.R. Giger (designer of the original ALIEN).
Whether you’re utterly horrified, eerily amazed, or a little of both, you’re not likely to find many mini-monsters like these in the real world — unless you accompany Fedortsov when he ships out again.
Honestly, you’d probably be a hell of a lot safer just following him on Twitter.
By the way… below are some of the “kinda cute” examples I mentioned earlier. Your results may vary.