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Monstrous deep-sea fish washes up on beach

May 12, 2021 | Comment icon 9 comments

This is one menacing-looking animal. Image Credit: Facebook / Crystal Cove State Park
A black fish with razor-sharp teeth was photographed after washing up on a beach in California last week.
Some of the most eerie and alien-looking creatures that live on our planet can only be found deep down in the darkest depths of the oceans where very few people are likely to ever encounter them.

On occasion, however, one of these animals can be found washed up along the shoreline.

This particular specimen - which is known as a Pacific Football Fish - was recently found on Crystal Cove State Park's Marine Protected Area in Laguna Beach.

Typically found 3,000ft beneath the surface, this monstrous-looking creature sports rows of deadly teeth and a mouth so large that it can practically consume something the size of its own body.
"There are more than 200 species of angler fish worldwide and this particular fish is most likely the Pacific Football Fish," Crystal Cove State Park wrote on Facebook.

"Only females possess a long stalk on the head with bioluminescent tips used as a lure to entice prey in the darkness of waters as deep as 3,000 feet! To see an actual angler fish intact is very rare and it is unknown how or why the fish ended up on the shore."

"Seeing this strange and fascinating fish is a testament to the diversity of marine life lurking below the water's surface in California's MPAs and as scientists continue to learn more about these deep sea creatures it's important to reflect on how much is still to be learned from our wonderful ocean."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by psyche101 1 year ago
Fascinating. Very interesting fish. Thanks for sharing. I've known about angler fish but never knew there were so many species. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Manwon Lender 1 year ago
I also had no idea these things existed, that is a real nasty looking fellow. Thanks for your post my friend
Comment icon #3 Posted by Timothy 1 year ago
Eep! Looks like Beyoncé was kinda right; Who run the (angler fish) world? Girls! ‘Only females possess a long stalk on the head with bioluminescent tips used as a lure to entice prey in the darkness of waters as deep as 3,000 feet!," according to the Crystal Cove State Park post. They added that females can grow to lengths of 24 inches while males only grow to be about an inch long. The sole purpose of the male fish is to help a female reproduce, reads the post.  "Males latch onto the female with their teeth and become 'sexual parasites,' eventually coalescing with the female until nothing is ... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by josellama2000 1 year ago
that fish is from the deeps. We use to see those kind of strange fishes before great earthquake.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Robin_Shadowes 1 year ago
Does this creature by chance happen to have acid instead of blood in it's veins? Doesn't it makes you wonder?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Manwon Lender 1 year ago
I don't think it has acid in its blood, however, they are known to swim up sewer pipes and up into people's toilets!
Comment icon #7 Posted by godnodog 1 year ago
I don't recall the name of the fish, but it looks like one of those in deep dark ocean waters, that use a tiny light to lure its preys. After doing a brief google search: Anglerfish?
Comment icon #8 Posted by HSlim 1 year ago
That's not a fish. That's my soul sucking ex-wife finally emerged from the depths.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Manwon Lender 1 year ago
With the teeth on that fish, any form of sucking would be a dangerous and a very frightening thought!!

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