A Black Seadevil has been caught on camera for the first time in history by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
The elusive species is a type of deep-sea anglerfish, and sports an oversize, angular jaw and spiking teeth.
However, despite its fearsome name and appearance, it is only 9 centimeters long.
According to Fox News , the Seadevil was spotted during a dive in Monterey Bay off the coast of California.
It was spotted at a depth of 600 meters (1,900 feet) below the surface in the Monterey Canyon, which is a Pacific Ocean canyon as big as the Grand Canyon that starts close to the central California coastline.
USA Today reports that the Black Seadevil is incredibly elusive.
Bruce Robinson, the researcher who spotted the fish, said he believes that this is the first time the species has ever been caught on film.
He stated , “These are ambush predators,” and explained that the fish was filmed using a remotely operated diving vehicle operated from a nearby ocean research platform.
He added , “We’ve been diving out here in the Monterey Canyon regularly for 25 years, and we’ve seen three,” emphasizing how rarely the species is spotted.
Robinson continued by explaining how the species catches its prey.
It is known for its remarkable flashlight-like appendage that lures in other fish and deep-sea creatures.
Once a meal approaches, the Seadevil’s huge jaws inhale the prey that is caught in its sharp, jutting teeth.
However, little else is known about the fish.
Fox News reports that the male Seadevil has a much shorter life span than females in comparison, and is also much tinier.
Its only purpose in life is to attach itself to a female in order to procreate.
Once it latches on, it lives as a parasite, providing sperm and leeching the nutrients it needs in order to survive.
As of now, the fish that was filmed has been captured for further study, but researchers don’t know how much longer it will live.
Watch the video clip here .