Have you ever watched porn? Maybe, or not? Whatever, we have some for you to watch. Spoiler Alert: Its not humans scoodlypooping. Its probably a little too bizarre to get horny about seeing fish mating, when its the surprisingly odd deep sea anglerfish. Like seriously! Anglerfish mating in a video.
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What’s An Anglerfish?
You probably don’t know an anglerfish by it’s name, but you might have seen it. The anglerfish is a blobby deep sea creature with a razor-sharp tooth frown and a dangling filament arising from it’s snout that it uses to lure prey — typically with a very large head, a wide mouth, and a small body and tail. That’s an anglerfish.
Although diving in the farthest depths of ocean presents several dangerous obstacles, this didn’t prevent scientists from seeking such an adventure; which led them to observe and capture for the first time anglerfish in their natural habitat — mating. The video was shot in 2016 and was released in Science Magazine in 2018; it provides a stunning new insight, the first ever video footage of a sexually united pair of anglerfish.
Wondering how they get it on? Its unique! The anglerfish we described above is a female, the male is about one-tenth the size and looks relatively … . To mate, the male anglerfish literally attach itself onto the female — a sort of permanent sperm donor. Its not until this video, we’ve never really seen their unique mating live in action.
“I’ve been studying these [animals] for most of my life and I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Ted Pietsch, a deep-sea fish researcher at the University of Washington, Seattle. “So you can see how rare and important this discovery is. It was really a shocker for me.”
Check out the oddly beautiful footage below:
We Caught You Mating
Now you’re wondering how in the depths of the ocean did they capture such a shot? Good question! The footage was capture by two deep-sea explorers, Kirsten and Joachim Jakobsen, at a depth of 800 meters (roughly half a mile) in a submersible. The diving pair had been on a 5-hours cruise around the island of São Jorge when “something with a funny form” caught their attention, according to Kirsten.
The divers spend 25 minutes tracking a 16-centimeter (6-inch) long anglerfish in their submersible, filming the creature. There are over 160 species of anglerfish; after they sent the footage to Pietsch, it was identified as the species Caulophryne jordani, also known as the fanfin angler. Surprisingly, Pietsch noticed that the light at the ends of the fish’s filaments might be bioluminescent as the main lure.
The attached male anglerfish has taught scientist another lesson. Bruce Robison, a deep-sea ecologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, recounted to Science Magazine that the male was agile and flexible the whole time while fused to the female’s abdomen.
“There’s no way I would have ever guessed that from a [museum] specimen,” said Robinson.
With rising complexity of modern day technology, there’s a lot more out there in the amazing world of nature to discover. Stay tuned!
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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Thu, Jun 13, 2019.