'Black sea devil’ anglerfish filmed in its habitat for 1st time ever (video)

Black Sea Devil Anglerfish
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1,900 feet deep

Many of the most bizzare and/or fascinating creatures on Earth can be found near the bottom of the sea, far from the light of the sun that is such a big part of all living creatures on the surface. One of those is the extremely rare “black sea devil” anglerfish, which has only been observed a few times before, and never in its natural habitat.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California changed that, thanks to a remote-controlled robotic submarine that dove to 1,900 feet of depth in the Monterey Canyon. There it captured the videos of a female Anglerfish. See for yourself:

“This is the first time we’ve captured this fish on video in its habitat,” said Bruce Robison, a senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. “Anglerfish, like this Melanocetus, are among the most rarely seen of all deep-sea fishes.”

Anglerfish are, to most people, monstrous-looking. The deep-sea predators are named and known for a worm-like appendage on their heads that emits light, which helps them attract prey into their toothy and angular gaping mouths.

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Via Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California

Tags: Animals | Fish | Oceans


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