The depths of the ocean hold many wonders that may sometimes be even more mysterious than those in outer space; especially, regarding those secret deep-sea creatures.
A strange-looking fish washed up on the shore of a beach in California, U.S. recently.
With a full black body and sharp teeth as well as a long appendage covered in tentacles protruding from its head, the scary appearance of the fish quickly stirred up discussions online.
這隻黑色怪魚在美國水晶海灘州立公園（Crystal Cove State Park）被人發現，園區10日透過官方臉書表示，這極可能是一隻罕見的深海魚類「鞭冠鮟鱇魚」（Pacific Football Fish）。
The black fish was found at Crystal Cove State Park, and local officials confirmed on their Facebook page on Monday that the creature is actually a rare deep-sea fish named the Pacific Football Fish.
Park officials explained that the long stalk on its head is only possessed by female fish, and its bioluminescent tips could be used to lure prey in water as deep as 3,000 feet.
The Facebook post also pointed out that its transparent teeth are as sharp as glass and that its mouth is capable of swallowing prey the size of its own body.
Another interesting fact is that female fish are larger in size than their male counterparts with the former reaching lengths of 24 inches and the latter only about an inch long.
RARE FIND! Deep sea anglerfish washed up in Newport Beach on Friday morning! On Crystal Cove beach @CrystalCoveSP staff were alerted by beach visitor Ben Eslef and were able to retrieve this intact specimen.. pic.twitter.com/vERGy5Zujt
— Davey's Locker (@DaveysLocker400) May 9, 2021
In fact, despite being a comparatively rare creature, Pacific Football Fish are pretty well-known thanks to their horrendous looks, and have made “cameo” appearances in movies like “Finding Nemo” and video games such as “Animal Crossing.”
Officials explain that it is not known how or why the fish washed up on shore, but seeing this strange and fascinating fish is a testament to the diversity of marine life lurking below the water’s surface.
“As scientists continue to learn more about these deep-sea creatures it’s important to reflect on how much is still to be learned from our wonderful ocean”, the post said.