Nightmarish ‘footballfish’ washes up dead on US beach in potential 1st-of-its-kind occurrence

An extremely rare, deep-sea “footballfish” recently washed up dead on a beach in Oregon — potentially for the first time in the state’s history. It is unclear what killed the creepy-looking creature or how it ended up there.

The nightmarish Pacific footballfish (Himantolophus sagamius) is a species of anglerfish (Lophiiformes) — an order of more than 300 species of deep-sea fish that lurk in the darkness and lure prey toward their fanged jaws with bioluminescent headpieces. Footballfish can live in waters as deep as 3,300 feet (1,000 meters) below the surface and likely dwell in the depths across the Pacific Ocean, although their exact range is unknown. 

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