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Tales of the deep

Deep sea-dwelling anglerfish caught on camera

The Black Seadevil anglerfish lurks in the deep sea, and uses a flashlight-like appendage to lure in prey. It has spiky teeth, an angular jaw, and tiny eyes — and researchers believe they have captured a live Black Seadevil on camera for the first time at its native depth, in this case 600 meters (1,900 feet) below sea level.

Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute saw the anglerfish while exploring the Monterey Canyon in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of central California. The footage was caught by a remotely operated diving vehicle. As grotesque as the anglerfish is, don't fret: It's just 9 centimeters long, and unless you regularly find yourself at the bottom of the sea, you likely won't come across one. --Catherine Garcia