15 strange animals of the Red Sea

These marine creatures stand out for their odd appearances.

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Pyjama slug Pyjama slug (Photo: I. van Engelen van Drunen / Shutterstock)

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Extraordinary Erythraean ecology

Nestled between Africa and Asia, the Red Sea (also known as the Erythraean Sea) is a long stretch of an inlet awash with diverse and colorful marine animals – creatures so interesting that each year, they inspire an international underwater photography competition in Eilat, Israel.

Just off the coast of Eilat is a 4,000-foot-long coral reef, swimming with fish of all shapes, sizes and colors. In fact, several reefs, thousands of years old, extend throughout the waters of the Red Sea.

As the northernmost tropical body of water stretches south, the sea's depth can dip to more than 7,000 feet below the surface. Thousands of species, from peculiar invertebrates to tropical fish to spectacular coral, make their homes in the wide range of these warm waters.

From the shore to its depths, the Red Sea positively brims with life. Here are some of the oddest of the species that call this sea home.

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