A species of anglerfish, the Black Seadevil, which lives in the deep, dark waters of the Monterey Canyon and has never been captured on video earlier, has been captured on film for the first time by The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Scientists do not know too much about this species of fish, except its life span and reproductive biology. This is the sixth known instance of this elusive fish being shot.
The Black Seadevil was spotted by scientists 2,000 feet below the surface of the Monterey Bay from a remotely-operated vehicle belonging to the institute.
Keen to know more about this fish, the MBARI researchers conducted a ‘sweep of Monterey Canyon under the Monterey Bay and found the critter 2000 feet underwater, although according to scientists can submerge even deeper.’
Not much is known about these deep ocean dweller and are rarely seen, Dr. Bruce Robinson told the San Jose Mercury News, Friday that they have only seen three in 25 years. “We’ve been diving out here in the Monterey Canyon regularly for 25 years, and we’ve seen three.”
The scientists hope to learn more about the movement and swimming pattern of the Black SeaDevil from this first video ever though it is still too early to predict that. For now, the scientist community is ecstatic about the video which is the first of its kind in thee world.