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:
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!”
Laurel 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 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.