Rare And Bizarre Deep-Sea Anglerfish Washes Ashore Near Cannon Beach

by | May 19, 2024 | News, Oregon Coast

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In an unprecedented event, a deep-sea creature known for its life in utter darkness emerged on the shores near Cannon Beach, Oregon, captivating the local Seaside Aquarium.

Beachgoers were astonished to discover the deep-sea anglerfish, commonly referred to as the Pacific football fish, just south of Cannon Beach. The Seaside Aquarium confirmed the rarity of this find, stating that "Only 31 specimens have ever been documented worldwide." These elusive fish have been spotted in distant locations such as New Zealand, Japan, Russia, Hawaii, Ecuador, Chile, and California. Remarkably, this marks the first recorded instance of a Pacific football fish appearing along the Oregon coast.

Seaside Aquarium

Residing at depths of 2,000 to 3,300 feet, these fish navigate the ocean’s abyss using a glowing, phosphorescent lure on their foreheads to attract prey. The aquarium provided fascinating insights into their unique biology: the males, significantly smaller than the females, lose their eyes and internal organs, becoming entirely dependent on the females for nourishment.

Seaside Aquarium

Described by the Seaside Aquarium as "more like parasites," these males, despite their blindness, somehow locate the females in the pitch-black depths to supply them with a consistent source of sperm. The exact mechanism of this remarkable process remains one of nature's many mysteries.


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Written By Tyler James

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