The anglerfish: The original approach to deep-sea fishing

Deep-sea anglerfish are strange and elusive creatures that are very rarely observed in their natural habitat. Fewer than half a dozen have ever been captured on film or video by deep diving research vehicles. This little angler, about 9 centimeters long, is named Melanocetus. It is also known as the black seadevil and it lives in the deep dark waters of the Monterey Canyon. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's remote operated vehicle, Doc Ricketts, observed this anglerfish for the first time at 600 meters on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. This is believed to be the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.

Provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

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