First footage of deep-sea anglerfish pair

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 comments on “First footage of deep-sea anglerfish pair

  1. SDX3 Post author

    Me: searches up rare and weird land creatures

    YouTube: here's a rare fish you can only find more than 500m down

    Me: but y tho

  2. Heinz Blassen Post author

    Why is it that under every single video, no matter the context, you find cringy attempts of people making "funny" comments.

  3. In Da Cut Post author

    Look, a fish that glows in the dark….

    Shines brightest high beam lights on it (face palm)😑

  4. Rachel Shavon Post author

    I should be………………….fill in blank……………… but I am on youtube watching Fish F•<k ? Who wrote this life?

  5. Peter Gambier Post author

    Big fat predatory females with small scrawny males stuck to their sides? Here in Bridgwater in the south of England these human equivalents are best seen on Friday and Saturday nights moving slowly around the town staying close to pubs and fast food outlets where they both get their nutrients.
    After a hard nights drinking she finally gets sperm. Surviving on benefits and handouts they rarely move out of their territory and would shrivel up and die without their smartphones.

  6. Triple Agent Śpiochh Post author

    Poor guy, I think he haven’t even seen her face, he better don’t
    Poor male fish he didn’t even realise what is going on
    I feel so sorry about him that I even don’t wanna make jokes about his wife it’s terrible

    All the lights she lights up and the nutritions
    He don’t know but she’s gotta cholera

  7. Joel Post author

    But how is this even useful? I mean, now I know how a relation between two creatures I'll never even get close to work… But why?

  8. Snidely Whiplash Post author

    It's easy to overlook the fact that most of these creatures spend their lives in impenetrable darkness which I find kind of creepy. Just the notion of these monsters hovering silently in the pitch black awaiting to devour their victims after reeling them in with it's eerily glowing lure…

  9. Here Comes the Voyage Post author

    How little we know about our own home, just 1 km below the surface level, we discover some unusual living being.

  10. Viking Power Post author

    My ex-wife hates cameras, how did you manage to get her on film?? She went from a 110 pound beauty to this 400 plus pound horror show in 10 years.

  11. maria burgos Post author

    The Male is giant and compare with her , if the woman didn’t say anything about her, I didn’t even know that her was under him , less mating.. She has bigs 🥚🥚 to be with him , and the same time , she is very Lucky to have a big partner too protects her. Good on you girl .😄😄😄😄😁

  12. Rob Green Post author

    weve seen males attached to females before, the real amazing this is all the strands coming out of that species, truly amazing!

  13. Xenia Torres Post author

    I used to think that was the most unattractive looking scary fish I’d ever seen until now seeing it where it belong. It dose seem to have a beauty to it with all the laminated tentacles distracting you from their teeth! If males are that tiny, dose this mean that all large deep sea anglers we see or are on display are are females? Also if there isn’t much food at that depth, what do they eat and are those giant claws of teeth really necessary. Like fish that only eat tiny plankton don’t have the need for teeth. Anyway cool video. I learned about them in elementary and never forgot about that this one fish, guess it had an impression on me that’s why when ever I see one I know immediately what it is but this is the 1st time for me also seeing the long jellyfish like tentacles I had no idea it had. I just knew about the lil personal nite lite that extends right in front of their mouth and face. You would think an animal swimming buy would notice the giant sharp dagger teeth with a spot love on it but instead it seems the dangling lil light is a distraction from the teeth, mouth and fish itself. In reality I think in such pitch darkness all that would be seen by pray is just the lights and not the fish itself or it’s teeth. It’s just too dark and the tiny lights are just that and not enough to illuminate anything or give away the fish but then again I also though most animals at that depth were blind and mostly colorless because the lack of light forces them to evolve that way. Many curious questions.

  14. quazzie1 Post author

    Having 2 wholly separate worlds on one planet is mighty cool. And it means there are tons of things to investigate in the liquid world. Why we don't commit more resources to it is beyond me. There are probably cures to some awful diseases to be found down there.

  15. A Google User Post author

    Lol… Surprised they didn't call it a Trucker fish… Anyone else notice the similarities in pairing, to those seen at truck stops? Little skinny dude with a huge slow moving calorie efficient female in tow, or visa versa🤔?


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