Rare Video: The Original Lighted Lure

Researchers capture video of a free-swimming anglerfish at 1,968 feet.

Anglerfish, also known as the black seadevil, live in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean. The fleshy growth at the top of its head, called the esca, emits light and the predator uses it to draw prey fish within lethal distance of its gaping jaws.

Using an ROV, biologists with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute observed this specimen swimming at a depth of 600 meters and believe it to be the first video footage ever made of this species alive at that depth.


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