A man discovered something on a San Diego beach lately, initially mistaking it for a jellyfish but later realizing it was a “sea monster,” according to reports.
According to a Wild 94.9 broadcast, this unique scary-looking fish is known as “The Alnglerfish,” and viewers will learn some intriguing and horrifying facts about it by watching KiloFact’s YouTube video below.
According to a KGTV story, Jay Bailer was walking on Black’s Beach on November 13 when he observed the fish. The California Academy of Sciences revealed that what they discovered was a Pacific footballfish dwelling at depths between 2,000 and 3,300 feet in the Pacific Ocean.
These fish have needle-sharp teeth pointing inside, and some male footballfish attach themselves to females as sexual parasites, losing their internal organs and eyes except for testes, according to the website.
According to USA Today, Bailer claims that he has never seen anything quite like this before. He also mentioned that he frequents the beach and is therefore familiar with the area.
He emphasized, however, that he had never seen a creature as horrifying as his find. Pacific football fish, according to National Geographic, are an anglerfish species that may grow to be more than three feet long and weigh up to 110 pounds.
A member of this exact fish species was discovered on a San Diego beach in 2001, according to Scripps Institution of Oceanography collection manager Ben Frable.
He informed the news organization that he planned to track down the footballfish sighted by Beiker, despite the fact that the deep-sea monster was most likely eaten by seagulls and crabs first.
Frable stated that little is known about the biology of these fishes, which is one of the reasons they want people to report them if they see one on the beach so they can learn more.
According to National Geographic, the angry-looking deep-sea anglerfish “has the right to be irritable.” It is very likely the ugliest species on the world, inhabiting the sea’s lightless, lonely bottom, which is easily the globe’s most inhospitable home.
Anglerfish are found in approximately 200 different species, the most of which reside in the murky depths of the Antarctic and Atlantic seas, up to one mile below the surface, while some do live in shallow tropical habitats.
Anglerfish have massive heads and big crescent-shaped jaws loaded with sharp, transparent teeth. They are normally dark gray to dark brown in color.
Some of these species are fairly large, reaching lengths of up to 3.3 feet. However, the majority of them are far smaller, often falling below one foot.
The anglerfish’s most distinguishing characteristic is a segment of dorsal spine that protrudes above their mouths, like a fishing pole worn by females.
Their mouths are so enormous, and their bodies are so flexible, that they can swallow prey up to double their size. The male anglerfish, on the other hand, is much smaller than the female and does not require such a modification.