Rare footage of elusive deep-sea angler fish will haunt your dreams

This is both incredibly cool and completely horrifying

Researchers at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute managed to capture this footage of a female deep-sea angler fish - an elusive Black Seadevil, to be specific.

It's believed to be the first video footage of this particular species - alive and at this depth.

Anglerfish are famous for their sharp teeth, oversize mouth and the little light on the end of an appendage on their head which lures prey towards them in the darkness before those nightmare-ish jaws clamp down - and it's lights out.

This particular specimen is only nine centimetres long so this Seadevil is nothing to be afraid of, really.

Probably.

By Ciara Flaherty

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