The anglerfish: The original approach to deep-sea fishing

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.

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Video producer: Susan vonThun
Script and narration: Bruce Robison

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18 Responses

  1. Kevin K H Chan says:

    It is terrifying to see nothing but murky darkness for hundreds of metres
    and all you see is one anglerfish, unwary that something much bigger is
    looming in that darkness.

  2. Nope 2 Dope says:

    Marianne Jelved på badeferie?

  3. HelloDomio says:

    The guy got possessed by Arnold Schwarzenegger at 1:42. He’s lightning fast

  4. Anjri4Live says:


  5. Lexi Porter says:

    Rare footage of Gavin Hammon (Kenny the Pussy’s VA) snorkeling!

  6. Nikola Marinić says:

    On the grill is all tastefully even this …

  7. Alexandre Prokoudine says:

    9cm long? Scary little cutie :)

  8. Dominique Chisholm says:

    That footage has amazing clarity

  9. Ivan Hidayat says:

    “So far as we know there is no tooth fairy in the deep ocean.” Nice, I like
    the little touch of humor.

  10. CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY says:

    That is so creepy looking!

  11. António Prata says:

    wth guys this is clearly made by computer

  12. KeepWalkingNeverStop says:

    Μαλάκα μου φοβήθηκα.

  13. robert allensworth says:

    I’m sure the males of her species find her very attractive… 

  14. 94Torchwood94 says:

    NEMO! :D

  15. Jontman42 says:

    It looks like it’s constantly horrified.

  16. Phillip Demro says:

    The anglerfish: The original approach to deep-sea fishing

  17. Mr. Despair says:

    my spirit animal

  18. Zakaria Abi says:

    it look like it’s a 3D animation…maybe fake…just sayin’…