First footage of deep-sea anglerfish pair


This is a deep-sea anglerfish mating pair. These animals have rarely been observed in their natural habitat — hundreds to thousands of meters below the ocean’s surface. You’re watching one of the few known videos. And this one shows a sexually parasitic pair for the first time. That means during mating, the tiny male is attached to the female. He gets nutrients and she gets sperm. These specialized fish rarely survive the journey to the surface. Before now, most deep sea anglerfish studies used dead animals pulled up in nets and sometimes preserved in museums. In this case, the research team used a special submersible designed to capture images of creatures that live at these great depths. Like most other members of its order, this anglerfish is known for the bioluminescent, lure-like appendage that drifts in front of its mouth to attract prey. But this is the first time that what may be bioluminescence on the fish’s filaments has been documented. The swaying swarm of thin projections may act like a 3-d array of cat whiskers – sensing dangers and prey in the environment. There’s little to eat at this depth and it is very cold – leaving anglerfish with few calories to spare so it makes sense that as this video shows, the anglerfish female seems to use very little energy– slowly drifting and rolling through the water. But we don’t know much about their metabolism, the bacteria that supply their glow, or how the female’s body doesn’t reject the male’s. The special ship that took this video has been in operation since 2013 and there aren’t many like it in the world. So chances are, many anglerfish mysteries will stay that way for some time to come.

100 thoughts on “First footage of deep-sea anglerfish pair

  1. Attached itself for life and gets nutrients while she gets sperm.

    Might as well rename it the "Jungle Fever Fish"

  2. The wonders of God's creation… "O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions. This great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great" (Psalm 104:24-25). Thank you Lord for all the interesting creatures you have made.

  3. The wonders of God's creation… "O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions. This great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great" (Psalm 104:24-25). Thank you Lord for all the interesting creatures you have made.

  4. It's interesting to think that to the people born before the 20th century the bottom of the oceans was a deep and distant a mystery as Pluto, (now dubbed a "dwarf planet") which we now have detailed pictures of as opposed to a tiny smudge on the paper. We have come sooo far in such a relatively short span of time that it is truly mind expanding to consider.

  5. We can video these fish at these depths, finding a tiny tiny fish in pitch blackness, but we can't video a bigfoot. lol

  6. Dang that is scary seeing Hillary taking a bath as Bill injects his sperm in to that monster. I will have nightmares for weeks if not months to years even possibly decades..

  7. wow… what else can you say… Life is amazing.. I know I have seen some amazing things in my 67 years of it.. Carry on!

  8. Man… I have a feeling like they found some other species but they don't wanna show to us because of certain reasons ''from there up''..

  9. I think the glowing dots of light on the appendages help to break up it's silhouette and trick prey into thinking that it is a cloud of small bioluminescent shrimp or something…

  10. She found herself with a parasite of a husband.
    He just let's her bring in the food and he pays for it with sperm.
    What a great life………

  11. "Once there was an explosion. A bang that gave birth to time and space.
    Once there was an explosion. A bang that set a planet spinning in that space.
    Once there was an explosion. A bang that gave rise to life as we know it.
    And then, came the next explosion… "

  12. how can anyone be there without FREAKING OUT i mean common how can you swim there and all you see is blackness around you and not knowing if a massive 1000 meter long seamonster comes swiming at you

  13. Some of the ocean layers that is healty and doing great. Beacause humans have never been theer.
    And now we just destroing it, by filming it
    And stressing it

  14. Science: Exists

    Nobody:

    Trumpsters: Fake News

    Flat Earthers: Probably doesn’t move so it doesn’t fall off the earth

    Anti-vaxers: This fish doesn’t ever need a vaccine and it’s fine

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