- Oct 10, 1999
Nature's beautiful horror a crafty species
With its football-shaped flat, jet-black body, tiny eyes, translucent teeth and — oh yeah — a fleshy phosphorescent bulb dangling in front of its mouth, the Pacific Footballfish is not something you see on the regular. In fact, to see an actual angler fish intact is very rare, so it was a surprise when beachgoer Ben Estes came across this one.
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife is keeping it for research and education after it landed whole, but dead, onto the sunny beach of the Marine Protective Area of Crystal Cove State Park, just north of Laguna Beach and Dana Point last Friday. Dana Point is where the who’s who of celebrities live; no doubt they’ll now think twice about taking a peaceful shoreline walk with their tiny dogs, knowing that nature’s beautiful horrors lurk nearby.