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Black Seadevil Caught on Video for the First Time (“Down here don’t be afraid of the dark: Be afraid of the light!”, by National Geographic)


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Black Seadevil Caught on Video for the First Time

The Humpback anglerfish uses a modified dorsal...

The Humpback anglerfish uses a modified dorsal spine as a bioluminescent ‘fishing rod’ to capture prey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A female Black Seadevil has been captured on video in what researchers say are the first images of their kind. The grotesque creature, a type of anglerfish, was recorded off the coast of California at a depth of approximately 1,900 feet (579 m) by a remotely operated vehicle controlled by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The elusive fish—known for using a “lure” suspended over its mouth to attract prey—was spotted during a midwater transect, an exercise intended to catalog all species encountered at a particular depth. More… Discuss

World’s Weirdest – Weird Killer of the Deep (In California we have it all!)

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Octomom’s Incredible Display of Maternal Dedication


Octomom’s Incredible Display of Maternal Dedication

Researchers have observed an extraordinary display of maternal dedication thousands of feet beneath the ocean’s surface. For four years and five months, a mother octopus is believed to have clung to a rock, straddling her clutch of 150 eggs, protecting them, keeping away dirt, and flushing them with fresh water until they hatched. So all-consuming was her dedication to her offspring that she likely did not eat for the entire 53-month brooding period and probably died shortly after her eggs finally hatched. More… Discuss