Black Seadevil Anglerfish – Video : Scientists capture rare footage of deep-sea Anglerfish

Black Seadevil Anglerfish - Video : Scientists capture rare footage of deep-sea Anglerfish

Black Seadevil Anglerfish caught on film for first time, As light is scarce in the deep sea, prey are attracted to the light, and they quickly get eaten. Because this area is so dark, scientists have not been able to gather a lot of information about how these fish actually live, until now.

The creature is called a Melanocetus, but it is known as the ‘Black Seadevil.’ The deep-sea angler fish was found in the deep and dark water of Monterey Canyon. According to the video’s description: “MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts observed this anglerfish for the first time at 600 m on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. We believe that this is the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.”

MBARI Senior Scientist Burce Robinson reportedly said the fish has been captured to study but that it isn’t clear how long it will survive. The “fishing pole” attached to the creature’s head is a glowing lure that attracts the creature’s prey.

While the fish looks monstrous on camera, it is only about 3.5 inches long.