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Hunting Anglerfish

This deep-sea anglerfish, which measured 20-30 centimeters (7.8 - 11.8 inches) in length, was seen during exploration of "Edmondson" seamount, at a depth of 1,260 meters (~4,135 feet). Anglerfish are ambush predators, lying motionless on the seafloor until unknowing prey swim by to be grabbed and eaten.

 

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana.

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