‘Black Seadevil’ Anglerfish Caught On Camera
Here’s a fish that swam straight out of a nightmare. But not if you happen to be a scientist, then this video is a dream come true. It shows a Black Seadevil, a type of anglerfish that’s been caught alive on video for the first time.
It was filmed in Monterey Canyon in California’s Monterey Bay by the remotely operated submersible vehicle, Doc Ricketts. MBARI Senior Scientist, Bruce Robison, told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that they only saw it three times.
“We’ve been diving out here in the Monterey Canyon regularly for 25 years, and we’ve seen three. Anglers have a remarkable apparatus on their heads: a fishing pole, with a luminous lure at the tip, which they use to attract their prey.
In the darkness of deep water, they flash the light to attract prey and draw them near the angler’s mouth. When a fish or a squid swims up, it is quickly inhaled by the angler’s huge mouth and trapped by its long, sharp teeth.”