Giant deep-sea anglerfish washes up on California beach

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photo via Crystal Cove State Park

1 of 200 species of anglerfish mysteriously washes ashore.

Early on the morning of May 7th, beachgoer Ben Estes discovered a pretty monstrous site on his morning walk along the beach.

After contacting park rangers and lifeguards of the Crystal Cove State Park, the monster was actually identified as a deep-sea Pacific footballfish, which is 1 of 200 types of rare deep-sea anglerfish.

Most anglerfish live 3,000-9,000 feet below the surface where little light shines and even scarier fish reside. What was the most peculiar about this rare fish washing ashore, was that it was still perfectly intact and not damaged. There are still many questions as to why the fish washed ashore in the first place.

The fish is currently in the hands of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and still has yet to figure out where it will end up. The most logical answer is to have it go to a museum or educational facility where it can be displayed or further studied. Something this rare and intact deserves to be displayed instead of being locked up in a lab somewhere.

With some investigation, it was determined that the fish was female due to the large stalk and bioluminescent tip to help lure prey and the actual size of the fish because females are larger than males.

This discovery can really make you question how much we really know about our oceans, and how much we have left to discover. To be specific, over 80% of our oceans are unexplored,  so the mystery of what resides there is still an enigma.