A team of researchers carrying out a dive in Monterey Bay off the shoreline of California have recorded first-ever video of a once in a while seen occupant of the deep called the black seadevil.
The animal was spotted this week in the dark, deep waters 1,900 feet underneath the surface, by scientists with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Bruce Robinson, MBARI Senior Scientist told the San Jose Mercury News Friday, “We have been plunging around here in the Monterey Canyon routinely for 25 years, and we’ve seen three.”
Robinson said a luminous “fishing pole” anticipating from the angler fish’s head is a sparkling entice to pull in prey.
Robinson told the paper they caught the fish to study, yet don’t know how long will it will survive.
Myfox Los Angeles posted the two-minute long video on its site, while calling attention that the dark seadevil appears threatening as it swims towards the cam, it is just around 3.5 inches in length.
Researchers reveal that we know little about the fish. Male black seadevils have a much shorter life duration than females and are much smaller in contrast. Their sole reason for existing is to append themselves to a female, living as a parasite.
Ted Pietsche, of Washington professor and deep-sea angler fish expert told the Mercury News, “If they don’t discover a female, they die. They are not even appropriately ready to eat.”