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Exclusive: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’ Video of mating deep-sea anglerfish stuns biologists

Ted Pietsch from the University of Washington: “I’ve been studying these [animals] for most of my life and I’ve never seen anything like it. So, you can see how rare and important this discovery is. It was really a shocker for me."

[sciencemag.org]

VictoriaNotes 9 Mar 23

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Since he gets fed and she gets sperm, isn't this a symbiotic relationship, not parasitic?

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Weird how this article tries to pretend that finding out how angler fish mate is "stunning" news, when I've read about anglerfish mating ways all my life. What is new is having a video of live fish, taken deep in the ocean where they live.

Well, as the article clearly states, "Scientists have known about this bizarre reproductive strategy because they’ve seen dead males latched onto dead females, but people have never seen it in the wild—until now."

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I have known about this in a general way for some time but rarely speak of it because of my fear of it being incorporated into the antifeminist delusions of some ultrasensitive alt right males

From what I've gathered, this is a recent discovery.

@VictoriaNotes the picture and its quality are new and I don't recall seeing the filaments before but I have known about this fish and her ways since I saw it in the Encyclopedia Brittanica circa 1963 or so. It is not something easily imagined by a child or forgotten

@btroje I understand what you're saying now. This article wasn't about the discovery of the deep-sea anglerfish. And you're right -- scientists have known about them for years. As the article states "most of what we know about deep-sea anglerfish comes from dead animals pulled up in nets."

But this is the first time they captured by video a pair mating.

@VictoriaNotes yes was not disagreeing and really talking about another aspect of it

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Very cool.
It makes me wonder how much more life there is in the deep ocean that we haven't seen.

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It is the variety of life that I love, this sort of thing fascinates me.

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Weirdest porn I've ever seen. I think I've met a few sexual parasites in my time.

Jnei Level 8 Mar 23, 2018

LOL -- Apparently, size doesn't matter with this species.

typical gold-digging male, living off the female

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I hadn't seen the fish before with all the filaments (whiskers) very cool! Thanks.

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Wow! Thanks for sharing!

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Neat

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I suppose it is rare to catch such an event with the deeper depths organisms

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One cool fishy! It would be neat to have one in a tank in your living room. And I do mean someone elses living room. Try to clean the take an release 8 atomospheres of pressure - sounds dangerous.

jeffy Level 7 Mar 23, 2018

Hahaha -- I used to have an aquarium business, so I find this quite hilarious.

that would be quite an expense trying to create that kind of environment to observe deep ocean creatures. Only a hobby for the rich.

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First i have seen of this. Interesting!

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Very unusual fish. And the way they mate- looks like fun- lol.

😀

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We needn't go to other planets to find wondrous fantastical creatures !

Well said.

I always think that it doesn't matter how weird the aliens people imagine are, there's loads of much weirder stuff living in the sea!

@Jnei ...along with the humans on land !

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I've heard of this before quite a while ago but never seen it. thank you.

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Amazing creatures! Thanks for posting this!

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Fascinating. Thanks for the find.

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That fish creeps me out. Good video though.

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