Creatures in the depths of the ocean are still being discovered or observed in their natural habitat thanks to the exploration of deep-sea ROV units. The black seadevil is one such case. Believed to be the first time ever filmed at a depth of 1800-feet by the MBARI’s ROV.
This specimen was recently filmed in the dark depths of the Monterey Canyon and is know as Melanocetus. Though it looks feroucious, it is only about three inches long.
MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts observed this anglerfish for the first time at 600-meters on a mid-water research expedition in November 2014 and says:
We believe that this is the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.
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Photo Credit: MBARI video capture