Deep sea fisherman runs aground on Californian beach | New

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif .– This deep-sea oddity washed up on the court of the Crystal Cove State Park (CCSP) Marine Protected Area last Friday morning.

According to CCSP, the angler is most likely a female of Pacific football fish. Only females have the long stalk protruding from the top of the head.

These deep-water stalkers are known to hunt prey with the bioluminescent spikes of their head stalks at depths of up to 3,000 feet.

This angler’s large mouth is filled with sharp, transparent teeth and can open enough to swallow prey as large as the entire body of the fish.

Male Pacific footballerfish, perhaps even stranger than females, reach only a fraction of their size. Males are about an inch long and their sole purpose in life is to attach themselves to a female and help her reproduce.

CCSP said they didn’t know how or why this creature from the deep had stranded, but they were certainly fascinated.

“Seeing this strange and fascinating fish is testament to the diversity of marine life that lurks beneath the water’s surface in California MPAs. wonderful ocean, ”CCSP said in an Instagram post.

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