Creepy deep sea fish found washed up on California beach

NDTV – A beachgoer came across a decidedly rare sight while out for a morning stroll on California’s Newport Beach on Friday.

Ben Estes spotted a strange-looking, all-black fish washed up on the beach. According to NBC News, he came across the deep sea creature lying on the sand at Crystal Cove State Park and alerted park rangers about his find.

Davey’s Locker Sportfishing & Whale Watching, a boat tour agency that operates in the area, said in a Facebook post that the deep sea creature was identified as a deep sea Pacific footballfish, which is a species of anglerfish.

“It’s been identified as a deep sea Pacific Footballfish, which is a species of anglerfish that are normally dwellings at depths more than 3,000 feet below the surface. It’s one of more than 300 living species of anglerfish from around the world,” the agency wrote.

While the fish itself is not rare, the Facebook post added, it is rare to come across a deep sea specimen intact on a beach.

The Facebook post has gone viral with thousands of comments. The Crystal Cove State Park confirmed the find in a Facebook post shared Monday and shared further details about the “incredible” discovery. Describing the fish, the state park wrote: “This particular fish is most likely the Pacific Football Fish. Only females possess a long stalk on the head with bioluminescent tips used as a lure to entice prey in the darkness of waters as deep as 3,000 feet!”

A deep-sea Pacific football fish was found on California’s Newport Beach. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ DAVEY’S LOCKER SPORTFISHING