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Published: Nov 24, 2014
SEE IT! rare Black Seadevil fish caught on VIDEO; Anglerfish filmed at 1,900 feet below Monterey Bay
by Ann Warren


SEE IT! rare Black Seadevil fish caught on VIDEO; Anglerfish filmed at 1,900 feet below Monterey Bay, One of the scariest-looking fish around, the black seadevil, has been caught on video in its habitat for what is believed to be the first known time.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California found the deep-sea anglerfish in Monterey Bay about 1,900 feet below the surface using the remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts.

The video, posted on YouTube on Nov. 21 by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), simply depicts the fish swimming around in the water. It's known for its pitch black skin, spiky teeth and appendages that are bioluminescent and attract prey.

It may look terrifying, but at about 3.5 inches long, it's hardly a human-devouring monster.  The species can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.

While the beastie has been recorded on video before, the folks at MBARI believe it's the first time this particular species was filmed alive at this depth.

"This is the first time we've captured this fish on video in its habitat. Anglerfish, like this Melanocetus, are among the most rarely seen of all deep-sea fishes. The shining spot at the tip of the 'fishing pole' projecting from the fish's head is a glowing lure. The anglerfish uses its light to attract prey in its deep, dark habitat," said MBARI Senior Scientist Bruce Robison.

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