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This is something incredible. We are calling your attention to see scientists’ first footage of strange mating of two anglerfish. A group of marine biologists working around Portugal’s Azores islands have witnessed this unbelievable phenomenon: the mating of two anglerfish. It is the first time when scientists have ever seen them alive in their natural atmosphere. That is because a new video, captured in the waters around Portugal’s Azores islands, has winced deep-sea biologists. The video shows a fist-size female anglerfish, splendid with bioluminescent lights and elongated whiskerlike structures projecting outward from her body. And when we look at the video very carefully we can see mating of two anglerfish: a dwarf male is fused to her underside, basically acting as a permanent sperm provider.
“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 in Seattle. Researchers have recognized more than 160 species, but this is a unique sample that we have chance to see, and of course, this is the first time that we witness a sexually united pair. “So you can see how rare and important this discovery is,” Pietsch says. “It was really a shocker for me.”
Sciencemag reported “The video was taken at a depth of 800 meters by deep-sea investigator Kirsten and Joachim Jakobsen in a submersible. The husband and wife team was nearing the end of a grueling 5-hour dive along a steep deep-sea wall on the south side of São Jorge Island, when “something with a funny form” caught their eye, Kirsten Jakobsen says. Aborting their plan to surface, the filmmakers followed the strange creature around for 25 minutes, capturing its movements through the submersible’s 1.4-meter-wide window. It was exciting, but also challenging to maneuver the craft to get the best images because the female was only about 16 centimeters long, she says.”
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