Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California have captured video of a living black seadevil fish for what they believe is the first known time.
They found the deep-sea anglerfish in Monterey Bay about 580 meters (1,900 feet) below the surface using the remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts. The video simply depicts the fish swimming around in the water. It's known for its pitch black skin, spiky teeth and bioluminescent appendages that attract prey.
It may look terrifying, but it's only about 3.5 inches long. The species can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.
"This is the first time we've captured this fish on video in its habitat. Anglerfish, like this Melanocetus, are among the most rarely seen of all deep-sea fishes. The shining spot at the tip of the 'fishing pole' projecting from the fish's head is a glowing lure. The anglerfish uses its light to attract prey in its deep, dark habitat," said MBARI Senior Scientist Bruce Robison.