If Tim Burton ever told a fish story, it’d have to feature some of these monsters.

Roman Fedortsov is a deep-sea fisherman living in Murmansk, a village in Russia near Finland and the Barents Sea. Species that inhabit the depths of the North Atlantic adapt to frigid, dark conditions that are unlike anywhere else on Earth. Many of the fish Fedortsov pulls out of the water look quite dangerous, but he regularly handles the creatures without any trace of fear. Many of us are familiar with the more local creatures, but some of these seem like they’re from another world.

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He’s been posting photos of the fish he’s been catching lately, and, well, you can see for yourself: these are no regular bass, snapper or trout.

Notice that he’s holding most of these with his bare hands. Not for us, thanks. Sometimes a photo is even better and not as scary as the real thing.

Deep sea creatures survive with little or no sunlight, little food, high pressure and cold temperatures. The super-harsh conditions create creatures that are very different from the ones we see in warmer waters.

All photos from Fedortsov’s Twitter page (and there are plenty more). You will notice that it’s not in English, but you will be able to understand it with no problem.  Please enjoy this amazing gallery!

Meet the Russian deep-sea fisherman who’s posting his most nightmarish catches for all to see Twitter/@rfedortsov
Patrick is a content editor for Rare.
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