Black Seadevil found in Monterey Canyon by MBARI Research Team

Black Seadevil found in Monterey Canyon by MBARI Research Team

Researchers from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), California have reported a deep-sea angler fish in Pacific Ocean. During a research expedition, the research team found the black seadevil nearly 1,900 feet below the sea level in the Monterey Canyon.

The anglerfish has strong and spiking teeth, giving it a fierce look. The fish is very rare to spot. The research team at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has been keeping a close watch on the area for more than 25 years.

The research project was carried out using remotely operated vehicles. The first-ever video footage shared by MBARI team shows how the fish moves in the region and how it orients itself to gravity.

Bruce Robison, senior scientist of the Monterey institute informed that the anglerfish is among the rare seen species in the deep water. During the past 25 years, the research team from the institute has only spotted them three time.

The fish exhibits a glowing "fishing pole" from its head. This attracts other fish in the dark regions. Many sea creatures make their own light at such depths, a phenomenon termed as bioluminescence. Blue-green light is the most common.

The research team captured the fish using remotely controlled vehicle and was analyzed in a dark tank. The research team created an environment similar to the natural habitat of anglerfish. After the research project was complete, the fish was returned to the natural habitat.

Male anglerfish have lesser lifespan compared to females, which are bigger in size. The males lack the fishing pole and usually stick to a female like a parasite.

The video below shows anglerfish. Video Courtesy: MBARI

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