Scientists Find An Anglerfish That Doesn’t Invoke NightmaresBy: Zach Walton - September 28, 2012
I think we can all agree that marine biology is amazing. It’s utterly mind blowing that we know more about the universe than we do our own oceans. That’s why new finds in the deepest depths are always fascinating, and more often than note incredibly unnerving.
One of the scariest species to ever roam the sea floor is the Anglerfish. This particular species is generally cited as being pretty terrifying, and I have to agree. For a refresher, this is usually what we’re dealing with when somebody brings up Anglerfish:
It’s pretty terrifying, right? It’s also one of the most unique specimens in the ocean because of its lure that lights up to attract prey. With that being said, I wouldn’t be want to be swimming anywhere near one. That’s why it’s awesome that scientists found an Anglerfish that’s actually kind of cute and all kinds of awesome.
Researchers were combing the depths near Davidson Seamount when they found this little guy. Its name is Chaunacops coloratus, and it’s one of the most unique Anglerfish I’ve ever seen. For one, it walks on the sea floor with its fins. It can also retract the lure on its head so that would-be prey aren’t instinctively frightened of it.
This species of Anglerfish is incredibly rare. It’s been found in nets a few times before, but this is the first time that scientists have been able to find one that’s still alive. It’s going to stay that way as well since these fish live at a depth of 11,000 feet.[h/t: Sci-News]