Remember that terrifying fish in “Finding Nemo” that had a light protruding from a horn on its head and pointy, sharp jaws of doom? (If not, you can see it in this clip at 2:24).
Yeah, that thing actually exists.
The anglerfish — also known by its (very fitting) nickname “Black Seadevil” — lives in extremely deep waters and therefore is rarely observed by humans.
In fact, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute just captured the first-ever footage of the creature swimming in its natural habitat at a depth of 600 meters (approximately 1,970 feet).
The footage was captured with a remotely operated robotic vehicle during a research exhibition of the underwater Monterey Canyon off the coast of California.
While the creature is undeniably creepy as f*ck, the video highlights a major step for science: Never before has technology allowed us to submerge deep enough to observe the anglerfish.
Thus, with these newfound capabilities, scientists will likely be able to learn more about the ocean and the dozens of unidentified species that lurk in these deep waters.