Labelled as the “scary fish”, the Rare Black Seadevil fish or Anglerfish was captured on video November 17 by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s (MBARI) ROV Doc Ricketts at a depth of 2,000 feet in the Monterey Submarine Canyon. This is believed to be first ever video of an anglerfish.
“It’s really hard to keep these things alive in captivity,” says MBARI spokesperson Kim Fulton-Bennett.
VIDEO: Anglerfish First Footage via MBARI
Deep-sea anglerfish are strange and elusive creatures that are very rarely observed in their natural habitat. Fewer than half a dozen have ever been captured on film or video by deep diving research vehicles. This little angler, about 9 cm long, is named Melanocetus. It is also known as the Black Seadevil and it lives in the deep dark waters of the Monterey Canyon. MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts observed this anglerfish for the first time at 600 m on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. We believe that this is the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.