Unusual Deep-Sea Fish Sighting


Jayleen C., Staff Writer

      A bizarre fish with razor-sharp teeth and a body shaped like a football washed up on a California beach last May.  This creature was none other than a deep-sea angler fish! With a gaping wide mouth, it laid on the sand on the beach of Laguna Beach’s Crystal Cove State Park’s Marine Protected Area. According to California State Parks, the Pacific Football Fish is one of more than 200 species of anglerfish discovered globally, and it is usually found in the deepest parts of the ocean. The creature’s sharp and jagged teeth can swallow prey the size of its own body. California State Parks identified the creature as a female based on its size and the long stalk on the top of its head.

      “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!,” according to Crystal Cove State Park. According to CNN station KFSN, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife is holding the fish’s body. It is supposed to be researched and studied for educational and research purposes.

      “Seeing this strange and fascinating fish is a testament to the diversity of marine life lurking below the water’s surface …,” reads the Crystal Cove State Park post. “.. 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.” This unexpected discovery will definitely change our knowledge about what unknown wonders our Earth holds that remain undiscovered.