The rare Black Seadevil angler fish had never been caught on camera in the wild until now. Scientists in California were able to capture footage of the very rare and horrifying anglerfish for the first time as it swam almost 2,000 feet beneath the ocean surface in Moneterey Canyon recently and shared the video with the public. According to CNN on Monday, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute are hoping to learn more about the elusive black seadevil anglerfish.
The anglerfish caught on tape in California is only 3.5 inches long. According to researchers, the fish has only been taped six times and this most recent film is the first time it has been caught on video in it’s own habitat.
There is very little known about the scary looking anglerfish. Females of this species are the ones with a illuminated orb that dangles in front of their mouth. The anglerfish use this orb to lure their prey close enough to eat. The female Black Seadevil also features a huge jaw full of fanged teeth and can swallow prey twice their size. Male anglerfish are much smaller than the females and lack the orb that the species are known to have. Instead, male anglerfish find and latch on to a female fish, holding on for dear life.