The Black Seadevil Anglerfish, Filmed for the First Time by MBARI

by Owen James Burke

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Above: A rare glimpse of a deep sea anglerfish, alive and well. Screenshot: MBARI footage

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s (MBARI) ROV Doc Ricketts this 9cm specimen captured nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) into the depths of the Monterey Canyon to be the first Black Seadevil (Melanocetus) ever filmed alive and at depth. Believe it or not, this gruesome and voracious beast is a female. Any takers, gentlemen?

Watch the footage captured by MBARI’s ROV here:

Read more at MBARI — OB

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