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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Super-strange, Super-rare, & Super-ugly

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, November 23, 2014/Categories: natural history, video, marine life, environment

Using robotic cams, researchers at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium ( MARBI ) for the first time have captured video of a very strange, very rare, and very ugly creature in the dark depths of Monterrey Canyon, the anglerfish .



Sometimes called the black seadevil, the bony Anglerfishes evolved over a short period in the early to mid- Cretaceous era, between 100-130 million years ago. They use a bio-luminescent "lure" to attract both their potential prey and mates in the pitch darkness of great marine depths. 

 
Diversity of Anglerfish, Melanocetus species  (credit: Wiki-commons)

Anglerfish fish are rarely observed because of their dark habitats but they played a key character in the popular animated film, Finding Nemo. They looked better fictionalized than in reality.

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