The black seadevil anglerfish is a rare, scary and foreboding fish that you wouldn’t want to encounter in the water. Thankfully this is seadevil is one fish you will probably never see up-close in real life, as it lives in the depths of the ocean that are conquered only with some heavy duty technology. The Black seadevil anglerfish looks too evil to be real, but it is and this new video is believed to be the first to capture the Black seadevil alive and at depth.
“Fox and Friends” live on Monday Nov. 24 ran this clip and so did the other Fox News programs that aired after the morning show. It is the horrid look of the fish that has most people talking, but the rarity of this find also has heads spinning.
According to The Huffington Post today, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute filmed the seadevil. They did so by using a remote submersible vehicle that they call Doc Rickets in the Monterey Canyon in California’s Monterey Bay. MBARI Senior Scientist Bruce Robison said that in the 25 years their researchers have been diving in the Monterey Canyon they’ve seen only three of the seadevil fish, reports CNN News today.
Robison, who narrates the video that shows this Black seadevil anglerfish, describes the very odd and unique look of this sea creature that would probably scare a diver if the fish suddenly came in view while in the deep. Robison said about the seadevil:
“Anglers have a remarkable apparatus on their heads: a fishing pole, with a luminous lure at the tip, which they use to attract their prey. In the darkness of deep water, they flash the light to attract prey and draw them near the angler’s mouth. When a fish or a squid swims up, it is quickly inhaled by the angler’s huge mouth and trapped by its long, sharp teeth.”
Those sharp long and needle-like teeth just hurt looking at them as they look as if they can do some damage if they sink into flesh. While the fish looks like a nightmare that came to life, it isn’t a very big fish. The one in the video is just 3.5” long, but it packs a lot of fright in that tiny specimen!
This video was taken at the depth of 1900 feet and the fish has a broken tooth. This fish is a female. Males are smaller than the females and they don’t have that “fishing pole” attachment.
With this species, the male is “ill-equipped” for feeding and it appears they are mainly put on this Earth, or in the waters on this Earth, to breed and not much more.
The bizarre mating ritual starts with the male sinking its teeth into the female. Their tissues fuse and the male seadevil’s body degenerates to nothing more than a lump of tissue with the purpose of surrounding the testicles.
The male fish reduced to a lump of tissue will be carried around by the female fish for the rest of her life and to add even more bizarre intrigue, the female will collect more male fish in this way. Robison said that he has personally seen a female seadevil with 11 male fish attached.
This is one bizarre discovery and just one of the many species that are out there in the deep dark oceans of this world. This seadevil is the fish depicted in Disney’s “Finding Nemo.” It is the scary creature that creeps up on Nemo and Dory in the movie.