WATCH: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captures video of rarely-seen anglerfish

Posted at 12:31 PM, Nov 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-23 12:31:25-05

MONTEREY, Calif. — Video of the rarely-seen anglerfish, known as the black seadevil, was posted online by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute(MBARI).

“Deep-sea anglerfish are strange and elusive creatures that are very rarely observed in their natural habitat,” the MBARI posted on YouTube. “Fewer than half a dozen have ever been captured on film or video by deep diving research vehicles. We believe that this is the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.”

Researchers spotted the fish off the of California last week. The fish was swimming in the dark water 1,900 feet below the surface, according to A glowing ‘fishing pole’ projects from the fish’s head as a glowing lure to attract prey.

“We’ve been diving out here in the Monterey Canyon regularly for 25 years, and we’ve seen three,” MBARI Senior Scientist Bruce Robinson told the San Jose Mercury News.