Nature & Environment
Monstrous deep-sea fish washes up on beach
By T.K. Randall
May 12, 2021 · 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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