First-ever Video Of Mysterious Black Seadevil

Suzanne Robertson
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured what it says are the first images and video of a female anglerfish.

How would you like to come across one of these babies? 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has released footage of the deep-sea anglerfish, believed to be the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth. 

Deep-sea anglerfish 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 is about 9 cm long. 

It is also known as the Black Seadevil and it lives in the deep dark waters of the Monterey Canyon. 

Females use their bioluminescent "fishing poles" to lure prey, which include crustaceans and small fish. The seadevils' highly distensible stomachs also allow them to swallow prey larger than themselves, which is an important adaptation to life in the lean depths.