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

Black Sea Devil Anglerfish
Public Domain MBARI

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.

Black Sea Devil AnglerfishMBARI/Public Domain

Via Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California

'Black sea devil’ anglerfish filmed in its habitat for 1st time ever (video)
It might not be pretty, but it makes up for it by being really interesting.

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