Deep Sea Anglerfish are very rarely seen by researchers and fewer than a half a dozen have ever been filmed. The fish in this video is about 9 cm long. It is known as the “Black Sea Devil” and lives in the deep waters of the Monterrey Canyon.
Angler fish have an incredible apparatus on their heads, a fishing pole with an luminous tip which they use to attract their prey. In the darkness of deep water, they flash the light to draw its prey toward its mouth. When a fish or squid gets to close, the Anglerfish inhales the unsuspecting victim and traps it with its long sharp teeth.
It is easy to see by the shape of its body that it is not designed for speed but rather best designed for ambushes. Incredibly, the males of this species are not equipped with the “fish pole” but rather have one purpose, to mate as quickly as possible.
These Anglerfish have small eyes, relying on feeling the movements organisms around them via the small yellow dots that can be seen on the sides of these fish. Living At a depths of 600 meters or more it surely will be quite a while before we know much about this species.