Marine Researchers Capture First-Ever Footage Of Black Seadevil Anglerfish

Anglerfish are some of the strangest and most elusive fish on the planet. These fish are so rare, and live so deep in the ocean, that few living specimens have ever been filmed in their natural habitat.

However, team of marine researchers at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute were able to capture one species of anglerfish on film for perhaps the first time ever!

Screen Shots: YouTube/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

It is called the black seadevil anglerfish, and much like its name, it’s pretty terrifying when it comes to the looks department. They are appropriately named for their gruesome appearance and pitch black skin.

Since their bodies are not built for speed they are equipped with other tools to feed and survive.

Screen Shots: YouTube/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

These elusive creatures attract their prey by a light that is on top of their heads. The flash the light to attract the prey and draw them towards the anglerfish’s mouth. These “ambush predators” are waiting in the deep dark water for an unsuspecting fish or squid to come along.

Who knows what researchers and divers will discover next! There are so many creatures that live in the darkest parts of the water and are great at staying hidden.

Check out this unique fish’s luminescent lure and razor-sharp teeth in the video below!

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