Researchers in California have succeed to capture first-ever video of a rarely-seen animal in its natural habitat. The video shows a female anglerfish, known as a Black Seadevil — a mysterious and rather hideous female anglerfish that lives in some of the deepest corners of the ocean.

If you’ve seen the 2003 Pixar classic, “Finding Nemo,” you might remember the Seadevil as the fish that creeps up on an unsuspecting Nemo and Dory!

Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have explored the depths of Monterey Bay off California and recorded a video of this fish for the first time. Because the natural habitat of this anglerfish is so dark, scientists have not been capable of getting a lot of information about how these fish actually live, until now.

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The video was recorded about 2.000 feet under the ocean surface, giving amazing new insight into how these fish survive.

MBARI Senior Scientist Bruce Robinson told the San Jose Mercury News that they recorded the anglerfish to study it, but don’t know how long it will survive. Though it might seem cruel, the scientist claimed that gathering more data about this kind of creatures allow them to better understand the biology and needs of the species.

Robinson said:

“We’ve been diving out here in the Monterey Canyon regularly for 25 years, and we’ve seen three.”

Actually, this kind of anglerfish has been filmed fewer than six times before, but this time was the first to catch it alive at this depth. Dr. Robison described the anglerfish as being “among the most rarely seen of all deep-sea fishes.”

He also revealed that the female’s most striking feature is a long luminescent pole that sticks out of her head, which is used to attract prey. The anglerfish has the ability to huge and devour its victim and it is not as scary as it may seem in photos, because it’s just 9 centimeters long!

According to the CNN, the scientists located the fish on a voyage with Doc Ricketts, their remotely operated vehicle, during a “midwater transect.

MBARI spokeswoman, Kim Fulton-Bennett, said:

“This means we ‘fly’ the robot through the water at a series of different depths (10 minutes at each depth), and count all the different types of animals we see.”

The two-minute-long video (shown below) was also posted by MyFox Los Angeles, which also noted that the black Seadevil is only about 3.5 inches long.

Sources:

(1) GrindTV

(2) CNN

(3) Fox News