The new anglerfish -- Lasiognathus regan. Credit: Theodore Pietsch, Ph.D.University of Washington

The new anglerfish — Lasiognathus regan. Credit: Theodore Pietsch, Ph.D.University of Washington

New Scary-Looking Fish Discovered in the Sea’s Depths

Marine scientists have recently plucked a fish from the ocean’s depths that is being described as “ugly” and “scary-looking”.

The scary-looking deep-sea fish is a part of the species of ceratioid angler fish and has some interesting features. The fish are described by researchers as looking like a humpbacked old shoe that has spikes and a mouthful of bad teeth. The fish also have what looks like an angled fishing pole dangling from its head. It uses this fishing pole to lure in their prey. It is believed that this fishing pole evolved from a dorsal fin.

Three of the females discovered ranged in size from one to 3 1/2-inches long. Despite their small stature.

The new angler fish species was caught by researchers in the north end of the Gulf of Mexico. It was found in what is known as the midnight zone, which is where the water is so deep that it is pitch black there.

Tracey Sutton, Ph.D., is one of NSU’s experts on deep-sea life and he teamed up with Theodore Pietsch, Ph.D. from the University of Washington to formally describe this new species of anglerfish.

“As a researcher, the one thing I know is that there’s so much more we can learn about our oceans,” Dr. Sutton said. “Every time we go out on a deep-sea research excursion there’s a good chance we’ll see something we’ve never seen before – the life at these depths is really amazing.”

There is no known plant-life to be living that far down and the animals that do live there are either predator or prey. Finding this new scary-looking deep-sea fish reminds people that the ocean is vastly unexplored. Who knows what other finds could be lurking in its depths.

The three females who were plucked from the ocean will live at the University of Washington, which is home to a huge deep-sea anglerfish collection.

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