Every year at the beginning of October, I have grand plans to come up with the most unique costume. But inevitably, I find myself whipping together any old thing come October 31st. Instead of going through the same old routine every year, I should just look to the ocean for easy inspiration. There are weird and fantastical animals that would make great Halloween costumes. Here are the spookiest animals in the ocean, according to our friends in the conservation and education department:resize thumbnail Consul General Of China Jan21st2012 - 32- Northern Fur Seal

Dolf D., vice president of conservation and education, says, “Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) are like aliens… look at their big eyes on the top of their heads!”


resize thumbnail scarlet ibis Sep04 MBLaurel J., coordinator of curriculum programs, picks the scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber). She says, “I’ve seen them rip the wings off of butterflies, then drown them, before devouring their wriggling bodies.”

Colin and Laurel give us their spookiest poses. Dolf was too scared to join.

Colin and Laurel give us their spookiest poses. Dolf was too scared to join.



Colin Y., also a coordinator of curriculum programs, says the giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) is the spookiest animal in the sea because it has “three hearts, blue blood, nine brain centres, is venomous, covered in suckers and amazingly smart. Let’s face it – if they didn’t live such a short time (three to five years), they would have taken over the world by now.”


What do you think? Which marine animal is the spookiest of them all?

Written by Karen Horak, writer-editor, content and digital experience at the Vancouver Aquarium. She will most likely be a cowgirl again this year.

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  1. Eagle Wing Tours

    It’s hard to say which creature is the spookiest. There are endless forms most spookiful in the deep. I’ll have to give you a few 😛

    3. Angler fish have to be on the list. Totally creepy! In particular, Lasiognathus amphirhamphus. The eerie lighting comes pre-installed.

    2. Any of the giant isopods look like something that might take over the world. You could probably pull it off as a costume as well. Maybe a costume for next year?

    1. The northern stargazer is just spooky in every way. Any animal that ambushes from underneath takes predation to a whole new level.


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