The lantern-mouth angler, Thaumatichthys axeli, has an innovative method to luring its prey. While many creatures at these depths, roughly 3,600 meters below the surface, use a glowing appendage to lure a meal a little closer, the lantern-mouth angler’s lure actually dangles inside its mouth. If an unsuspecting creature takes the bait, it’s already too late.
The creature's advanced hunting skills weren't lost on Compton. "Street light no longer gathers moths outside to be snapped at, but has brought them inside to be swatted," he wrote of the fish.