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June 27, 2007 20:27:15

This anglerfish, Melanocetus Johnsoni, is a voracious mesopelagic predator. The long pole attached to the fish's head has a bioluminescent lure attached to the end of it, used to attract prey. In this species, there is also a bioluminescent patch behind each eye. This shot was taken to demonstrate the bioluminescence of the fish. The light of the lure and the dimmer patch behind its eye are illuminated by their own light and have not been digitally manipulated. This individual was collected between 1000 and 1500 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico.

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