Remotely operated vehicle films rare deep-sea anglerfish

Date:10 February 2015 Tags:, , , , ,

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) captured footage of a rare deep-sea angler fish.

The institute says deep-sea angler fish are “strange and elusive creatures that are very rarely observed in their natural habitat”. There have been very few instances where this species has been captured on film by deep-diving research vessels.

The angler captured in the video above measures 9 cm in length and is called Melanocetus, or black seadevil. It was filmed by MBARI’s remotely operated vehicle, Doc Ricketts, at a 600-metre depth during a midwater research expedition last year.

Video credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

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