The video below almost doesn’t look real. Probably because no one has ever managed to capture a deep-sea anglerfish known as a Black Seadevil (alive and at depth) on video before.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) found the terrifying Black Seadevil in the waters of the Monterey Canyon. The ROV that captured the footage is at a depth of 600 meters in the video below.
The Black Seadevil in the video above is a female. Female anglerfish are easy to spot because of the bioluminescent protrusion coming from their heads. This is used as a natural fishing pole. Prey are attracted to the light in the deep ocean depths. Any unfortunate enough to get close to it are quickly eaten.
“This is the first time we’ve captured this fish on video in its habitat. Anglerfish, like this Melanocetus, are among the most rarely seen of all deep-sea fishes,” said MBARI Senior Scientist Bruce Robinson.