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3D scanning the final meal of an anglerfish

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In 1999, near the Cape Verde Islands, “an unusually large Caulophryne pelagica, a fanfin or hairy anglerfish, was captured in perfect condition, due perhaps to a lethargy induced by a prodigious meal which had expanded the stomach in excess of the standard length.” Not long after, the rare, deep-sea specimen was a part of the Natural History Museum‘s collection in London.

dead anglerfish specimen
Only 17 examples of the hairy anglerfish have been discovered thus far, and this was the largest, so scientists were reluctant to cut it open for examination. However, a 3D scan of the fish could easily reveal its huge last meal.


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Related watching: The Brilliance of Bioluminescence, skeletons, and more fish.

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