Had a bad week? Well, at least you didn’t ascend 3,000 feet from your deep-sea home to die on the California coast. That̵
The terrifying deep-sea fish is actually a female Pacific Footballfish, a type of anglerfish. (Yes, they are different types.) As in Finding Nemoare real anglerfish equipped with a glowing lure that attracts tasty, gullible fish in the dark depths of the deep sea. You’d think the fish would catch on after a while, but it looks like this cheap trick has worked for over 100 million years.
RARE FIND! Deep sea fish washed up in Newport Beach on Friday morning! On the beach at Crystal Cove, @CrystalCoveSP staff were alerted by beach visitor Ben Eslef and were able to locate this intact specimen. Pic.twitter.com/vERGy5Zujt
– Davey’s Locker (@ DaveysLocker400) May 9, 2021
The soccer fish is dead, of course, but beachgoers found its terrifying body completely intact. California Department of Fish and Wildlife came out to retrieve the specimen, which will likely end up at the LA County Natural History Museum where three other dead anglerfish live.
But our girl will be the star of the show. She is better preserved than the other anglerfish at the Natural History Museum in LA County, and her bait is just insanely disgusting. This fish will terrify kids in LA for decades to come, and that’s really what nature is all about.
Source: Davey’s Locker via PopSci