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Creatures of the Deep: Anglerfish

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This creature was found 1,600 feet deep in the ocean. The anglerfish is distinguished by the rod protruding from its head that it uses to attract prey. With flexible bones, and a stomach that can be expanded, it can swallow fish that are twice its size. The pectoral and pelvic fins can perform as feet, allowing this fish to walk along the bottom of the sea. This strange-looking creature is an example of the bizarre life-forms living deep below the surface. Part of the "Creatures of the Deep" series.

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Runtime: 58 seconds

Close up of an anglerfish on the ocean floor with a flat belly, an ovoid, spiny body, and a rod protruding from its head. Caption: distinguished by the rod protruding from its head
Creatures of the Deep
Episode 1
58 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
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Creatures of the Deep
Episode 2
52 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Large, light colored bathysaurus swimming along the bottom of the ocean. Caption Indonesian waters. Caption: (male narrator) This creature was found 6900 feet deep in the ocean.
Creatures of the Deep
Episode 3
53 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A close up of a fish against a dark backdrop. Closely set fins and spots on face. Caption: Its skeleton is made of cartilage.
Creatures of the Deep
Episode 4
53 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
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Creatures of the Deep
Episode 5
54 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12