New Discoveries
For a limited time, you can see on display a rare, deep-sea ocean discovery from our collections. This species of anglerfish, known as a Pacific footballfish, spends the majority of its life under thousands of feet of cold, dark water. Follow the amazing journey of this recent discovery, from how beachgoers found it washed up on shore in May 2021 at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, CA, to how it became part of our collections. This specimen gives our scientists a valuable opportunity to learn more about this species. Over time we hope to find answers like: Why did this specimen wash up on shore so far from its home? How did it make this incredibly long journey in pristine condition?
Photo by Todd Clardy
Living, glowing bacteria called photobacterium light up an anglerfish's lure, or esca, to attract unwitting fish in the deep, dark sea.
Photo by Sally Marquez
Its intimidating teeth are pointed inward to help make sure prey can't escape.
Photo by Sally Marquez
It doesn't just look unappetizing. The bumps on its body are the bases of spines, making the fish difficult to stomach for any would-be predators.
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Living, glowing bacteria called photobacterium light up an anglerfish's lure, or esca, to attract unwitting fish in the deep, dark sea.
Photo by Todd Clardy
Its intimidating teeth are pointed inward to help make sure prey can't escape.
Photo by Sally Marquez
It doesn't just look unappetizing. The bumps on its body are the bases of spines, making the fish difficult to stomach for any would-be predators.
Photo by Sally Marquez
NHM’s Assistant Curator of Ichthyology Dr. William Ludt
How rare is this specimen? Why are anglerfish so mysterious? How does this species produce bioluminescent light?  Ludt answers these questions and much more!
 
Get an inside look at the traditional Japanese art form of gyotaku (fish rubbing, or printing), and watch artist Dwight Hwang working with this rare specimen.
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