Animals News

Rare Video of Anglerfish Mating

by

The dark world of this anglerfish is female dominated ,where tiny males hold onto females, feed through her, and offer the only thing they have in return.

Eight hundred meters below the surface, this ROV captured not only a rarely seen fish – an anglerfish – but also caught a glimpse of mating.  

Some species of anglerfish have extreme sexual dimorphism (where one sex is larger than the other) , and engage in polyandrous sexual symbiosis.   What does all of this mean?  It means that the male anglerfish are tiny in comparison to the females and one female mates with mutliple males – at the same time.  Plus, the males join together with the femals for extended periods of time, sometimes forever living as part of the female’s body. 

Well, weirdness aside, this anglerfish’s lures are mesmerizing (as intended) and we’re excited to bear witness to something that normally happens well beyond our ability to find and see. 

CREDITS

Producer Sarah Crespi story by Katie Langin

Video Footage Kirsten and Joachim Jakobsen Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation

Illustrations C. Chun, Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Tiefsee-Expedition auf dem Dampfer “Valdivia” (1898-1899)

 

 

Have something to add to this post? Share it in the comments.

Scuba Diver Life videos

Blue Whale: Largest Animal EVER! [4K] | Timor-Leste from Below (S01E10) | SZtv

The biggest animal on Earth, and the folks at Scubazoo got a glimpse of one in Timor-Leste! And if they’re lucky, they get to swim alongside one.

by

Follow Me in Egypt

Be transported to another world and see a little of life topside and below the blue line.

by

Crocodile Caller [4K] | Timor-Leste from Below (S01E09) | SZtv

Some indigenous elders on Timor Leste revere and communicate with crocs, they are known as the croc callers.

by

Discovering Dive Sites [4K] | Timor-Leste from Below (S01E08) | SZtv

This crew of explorers are on a mission to map the uncharted coastline of Oé-Cusse, one dive site at a time.

by

Diving into the Unknown [4K] | Timor-Leste from Below (S01E07) | SZtv

by

Sperm Whale: Largest Predator on the Planet [4K] | Timor-Leste from Below (S01E06) | SZtv

Bertie ventures into the waters off Dili, Timor-Leste to try and encounter a real life Moby Dick!

by

Whale and Dolphin Superhighway [4K] | Timor-Leste from Below (S01E05) | SZtv

Blue whales, sperm whales, orcas, dolphins and more this narrow channel is most definitely a whale and dolphin superhighway!

by

Wawata Topu: Mermaids of Timor-Leste [4K] | Timor-Leste from Below (S01E04) | SZtv

Taking to the ocean to collect clams, shells and to spear reef fish, a team of ladies are challenging stereotypes.

by