Behind the scenes

Fangtooth fish observed in Monterey Bay

fangtoothApril 29, 2014

Aboard the Western Flyer, MBARI’s Midwater Ecology Group is halfway through an eight-day expedition in Monterey Bay. Yesterday morning, the team and crew members excitedly observed a fangtooth fish using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts. MBARI researchers have seen this fish fewer than 10 times with ROVs.  Fangtooths (Anoplogaster cornuta), found worldwide at depths ranging from 500 to 2,000 meters, have a large jaw and an armored head. The fangtooth in the photo has its tail curled to one side, a behavior observed only once before with ROV Ventana. Chief Scientist Bruce Robison is eager to learn what this behavior indicates.