Elusive bronze-scaled ‘dragon’ of the deep caught on video off California coast

Marine biologists aboard an expedition in Monterey Bay in California recently spotted a brilliant and rare deep sea fish named for a mythical creature: the highfin dragonfish (Bathophilus flemingi). This species is the rarest of all dragonfish, and scientists have previously spotted living individuals only a handful of times.

For three decades, researchers with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have scoured the bay’s depths with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), finding many wondrous beasties, including several species of dragonfish. However, the highfin dragonfish has proven to be the most elusive. This particular fish was found at a depth of 980 feet (300 meters), according to TK.

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