Deep-Sea Anglerfish Species Known as ‘Sea Monsters’ Discovered Near San Diego Beach

A deep-sea anglerfish is displayed for the 'Ocean' exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire Naturelle) in Paris on March 29, 2019. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP via Getty Images)

A man recently discovered something on a San Diego beach, initially mistaking it for a jellyfish but later realizing it was a “sea monster,” according to reports.

This unique scary-looking fish is known as “The Anglerfish,” according to a Wild 94.9 broadcast, and viewers will learn some intriguing and horrifying facts about it by watching KiloFact’s YouTube video below.

Jay Bailer was walking on Black’s Beach on November 13 when he noticed the fish, according to KGTV. The California Academy of Sciences announced the discovery of a Pacific footballfish at depths ranging from 2,000 to 3,300 feet in the Pacific Ocean.

According to the website, these fish have needle-sharp teeth that point inside, and some male footballfish attach themselves to females as sexual parasites, losing their internal organs and eyes except for the testes.


The Pacific footballfish is usually found about 2,000 to 3,000 feet beneath the sea, where sunlight does not penetrate.

Bailer claims that he has never seen anything like this before, according to USA Today. He also mentioned that he goes to the beach frequently and is thus familiar with the area.

He did emphasize, however, that he had never seen anything as terrifying as his discovery. According to National Geographic, Pacific football fish are an anglerfish species that can grow to be more than three feet long and weigh up to 110 pounds.

According to Scripps Institution of Oceanography collection manager Ben Frable, a member of this exact fish species was discovered on a San Diego beach in 2001.

He told the news outlet that he planned to find the footballfish seen by Beiker, despite the fact that the deep-sea monster was most likely eaten first by seagulls and crabs.

According to Frable, little is known about the biology of these fishes, which is why they want people to report them if they see one on the beach so they can learn more.


The angry-looking deep-sea anglerfish “has the right to be irritable,” according to National Geographic. It is most likely the world’s ugliest species, inhabiting the sea’s lightless, lonely bottom, which is easily the world’s most inhospitable habitat.

Anglerfish have enormous heads and large crescent-shaped jaws filled with sharp, transparent teeth. They typically range in color from dark gray to dark brown.

Some of these species can grow to be quite large, measuring up to 3.3 feet in length. The majority of them, however, are much smaller, often falling below one foot.

The anglerfish is distinguished by a segment of dorsal spine that protrudes above their mouths, similar to a female’s fishing pole.

Their mouths are so large, and their bodies so flexible, that they can swallow prey twice their own size. The male anglerfish, on the other hand, is much smaller than the female and does not need to be modified in this way.