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Rarely seen deep-sea creature washes up along the coast of Oregon

By T.K. Randall
May 24, 2024 · Comment icon 5 comments
Deep-sea footballfish.
This fish usually lives in complete darkness. Image Credit: Facebook / Seaside Aquarium
This alien-like fish, which typically lives 3,000ft beneath the surface of the ocean, is a very unusual find.
There are countless sea creatures deep down in the depths of the ocean that most us will never see (including many that are new to science), so when one such animal suddenly washes up on a beach, it can offer a very rare opportunity to observe it up close.

Such was the case recently when a round, dark-colored fish appeared along the coast of Oregon.

Known as the Pacific football fish, this seldom-seen type of deep-sea angler fish can typically be found up to 3,300ft beneath the sea where it lives in complete darkness.
It is so rare, in fact, that only 31 specimens have ever been documented worldwide.

"Like other angler fish, they use light that shines from a phosphorescent bulb on their forehead to attract prey," Seaside Aquarium wrote on Facebook.

"Food at the depths that these guys peruse can be very sparse, so football fish are not picky eaters. They eat anything that can fit into their mouths."



Source: CBS News | Comments (5)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Cho Jinn 19 days ago
That can't taste very good.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Amanda Evans 18 days ago
Poor thing...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Bendy Demon 18 days ago
Hmmm..I would think that there must have been an incredible amount of turbulence at those depths to stir up such a creature. Still it is an unusual and possibly once-in-a-lifetime sighting.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Harte 17 days ago
The unusual part is that it wasn't eaten as it ascended due to gases produced while rotting. Harte
Comment icon #5 Posted by lightly 17 days ago
I wonder what those things that look like eyes see?   Apparently it isn’t totally dark at the depths where it lives?  Or,  It might see some other range of the electromagnetic spectrum than what is visible light to us?           https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/facts/light-distributed.html#:~:text=Sunlight does not penetrate the,(13%2C123 and 19%2C685 feet)%2C


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