Black Sea Devil: rare and strange

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) captured the first-ever images of a female anglerfish, also known as Black Sea Devil.

Scientists spotted the deep-sea predator 2,000 feet (610 meters) below the surface in the dark waters of Monterey Bay, in California. The anglerfish, named Melanocetus, is nine centimeters (3.5 inches) long.

The MBARI remotely operated underwater vehicle led by Bruce Robison came across the Black Sea Devil on the 17th November. The specimen is rare and usually found in tropical to temperate waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.

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Map of Dead Zones: climate change is killing marine life | Illustration: Smithsonian Institution

A study led by the Smithsonian Institution concluded that nearly all ocean dead zones will increase by the end of the century because of climate change.

Dead zones are areas in the ocean where oxygen levels are so low that marine life either dies or leaves the area. In other words, they are healthy marine environments that became uninhabitable.

Global warming plays a critical role in the development of dead zones because, as temperatures increase, marine life needs more oxygen to survive. Scientists believe dead zones have doubled every ten years, since the 1960s.

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SmartPhin: a surfboard fin that measures ocean acidification | Photo: BoardFormula

What if surfers could help save the oceans while they catch waves? SmartPhin is a surfboard fin that measures and record data such as location, time, temperature, salinity, and pH.

Benjamin Thompson, founder of BoardFormula, had decided to invest his time and engineering knowledge in the protection of the environment and oceans. But how could he do it while riding waves?

SmartPhin answers that tricky question. Imagine thousands of surfers across the globe gathering and sharing information about their local breaks, and working cooperatively to fight global warming and ocean acidification.

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