Deep-sea fish with lightbulb on its head mysteriously washes ashore in California

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A nightmarish fish that typically dwells thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface recently washed ashore on a California beach, according to news reports. The deep-sea fish, known as an anglerfish , is rather elusive and rarely seen outside of the deep ocean, according to The Guardian . But earlier this month, the intact body of an anglerfish was spotted at Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County, California, by beachgoer and fisherman Ben Estes, The Guardian reported. Exactly how the fish got there is a mystery. "To see an actual anglerfish intact is very rare, and it is unknown how or why the fish ended up on the shore," staff at the Crystal Cove State Park wrote in a post on their Facebook page . The bizarre creature is normally found at ocean depths of around 3,000 feet (914 meters), the post said. More than 200 species of anglerfish are found worldwide, and park officials determined that the specimen in this case is most likely a Pacific football fish. The fish’s mouth sports a number of sharp, pointy teeth; and the top of its head features a long, protruding stalk with a bioluminescent bulb at the end, which […]

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