Stunning Bronze ‘Deep Sea Dragon’ Makes Rare Appearance Off California Coast [Video]

Scientists have caught a glimpse of the rare bronze dragonfish off the coast of California. The video of the sighting shows the truly impressive coloration of the “deep sea dragon”.

Experts from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) were on a recent expedition aboard the Western Flyer research vessel when they came across point the high-finned dragonfish (Bathophilus flemingi). They were “outside” Monterey Bay at a depth of 300 meters (980 feet), according to MBARI.

In the video shared by the organization, the dragonfish can be seen swimming in the “dark depths” of Monterey Bay. While the smooth skins of dragonfish are often pigmented Boasting the “blackest blacks known to nature,” the Highfin Dragonfish features a stunning bronze coloration that even appears to glow when the lights hit it.

Scientists have already seen other dragonfish in the deep sea of ​​Monterey Bay, but the “beautiful bronze deep-sea dragon” is said to be the rarest.

“In over three decades of deep-sea research and over 27,600 hours of video, we’ve only seen this particular species four times!” MBARI noted.

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