Rare deep-sea fish found on California beach
SAN DIEGO, approx. – A rare Pacific footballfish, a deep-sea monkfish commonly found at depths over 2,000 feet, was found on a beach in San Diego, Calif., 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, and then I went and looked at it a little bit more closely, and other people gathered around it too, and then I saw that it was this very unusual fish, “Beiler told NBC 7 San Diego. “That’s the stuff of nightmares – the mouth almost looked 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 pufferfish, one of the largest species of monkfish found in the Pacific Ocean. However, the species has only been seen “a few times” in California, said Ben Frable, head of the marine vertebrate collection at Scripps.
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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. Fish use a fleshy, bioluminescent lure from their heads to attract their prey.
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