Scientists Capture An Amazing Video Of A Deep Sea Fish With “Feet”

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So much of the ocean has not been explored and there are a ton of exotic creatures that dwell at depths that human’s can’t simply reach to explore. Sometimes, we are lucky enough to come across a cool and unique species of ocean dweller, that amazes and stuns us all.

During NOAA’s Okeanos exploration of the Mona Canyon off the coast of Puerto Rico during the Oceano Profundo a deep sea fish was filmed walking along the bottom. The Pink Frogmouth, Chaunax pictus, is a type of anglerfish that uses modified fins to “walk” across the seafloor.

“This fish has been living for so long here that its fins have changed into something more useful – feet. They help it shuffle about on the sea floor.”

The ‘pink frog mouth’ has a depth range of 200 – 978 meters and has been documented in both the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The food of choice for this walking fish is exclusively shrimp.

Picture: Multibeam Map of the Mona Canyon / Source: NOAA