Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Viral: First-Ever Footage of World's Terrifying Black SeaDevil “Anglerfish"

Researchers at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute spotted for the first time a deep-sea anglerfish in their exploration of Monterey Bay off the coast of California, USAToday reports said.

This rare deep-sea anglerfish—known as a black sea devil—was captured on film for the first time off the coast of central California -NationalGeographic

The footage was captured by MBARI Senior Scientist Bruce Robison while controlling the remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts in Monterey Bay.




As the video explains, this is an ambush predator. It is not built for speed, instead using the light at the end of its fishing pole to attract fish and squids within range to be sucked into that huge mouth. The nine-centimeter-long fish, which swims with its toothy mouth open wide, is captured in such detail that you can see a broken tooth flapping as it swims and tiny dots on its skin that are used to sense the movements of its prey.

The black sea devils are very little known species perhaps fish most prominent feature is in the Disney/Pixar movie Finding Nemo movie.

Source: NatGeo / USA Today

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