Rare deep-sea fish found on a California beach

A rare Pacific football fish, a deep-sea anglerfish typically found at ocean depths over 2,000 feet, was found on a beach in San Diego, California on November 13, according to local reports .

Jay Beiler, who captured the footage, told Storyful he encountered the fish at Torrey Pines State Beach. “At first I thought it was a – like a jellyfish or something, then I went to look at it a little more carefully, and other people were also gathered around it, and then I saw it was this very unusual fish,” Beiler said NBC 7 San Diego. “It’s the stuff of nightmares – the mouth looked almost bloody! I’d say it was almost a foot long.”

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According to NBC 7, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography reported the fish to be a Pacific footballer, one of the largest species of anglerfish found in the entire Pacific Ocean. However, the species has only been seen “a few times” in California, said Ben Frable, Scripps marine vertebrate collection manager.

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Pacific footballfish species live at depths between 2,000 and 3,300 feet, where sunlight does not penetrate, according to the California Academy of Sciences. The fish use a fleshy, bioluminescent lure from their head to attract prey.

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