Video of the rarely seen anglerfish — or black seadevil — was captured for the first time ever by a research team on a dive about 1,900 feet below Monterey Bay off the coast of California this week, Fox News reported.
The glowing “pole” protruding from the black seadevil’s head is used to attract prey, Bruce Robinson, senior scientist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, told the San Jose Mercury News Friday.
But if you’re ever (gulp) lucky enough to meet a black seadevil face to face some day, don’t get too alarmed about landing a spot on the menu — it’s only about 3.5 inches long.
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Little is known about the fish. Male black seadevils have a much shorter life span than females and are much tinier in comparison. Their sole purpose is to attach themself to a female, living as a parasite.
“If they don’t find a female, they drown,” University of Washington professor and deep-sea anglerfish expert Ted Pietsche told the Mercury News. “They’re not even properly equipped to eat.”
Robinson added to the Mercury News that the fish was captured for study, but no one is sure how long it will survive.