Unknown Fish Footage

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 31st, 2008

Here is a new video of a strange, unidentified fish caught off Burgeo, Newfoundland ~ dated July 30, 2008:

Appears to be some kind of deep sea species, such as the anglerfish.


Humpback anglerfish (Melanocetus johnsonii)



Krøyer’s deep sea angler fish (Ceratias holboelli), two images above.

But actually, I think it may be a fish that is often mistaken for Ceratias holboelli.


Triplewart seadevil (Cryptopsaras couesii) – Pêcheur à trèfle, found frequently in the delta of the St. Lawrence Seaway, not far from Burgeo.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

13 Responses to “Unknown Fish Footage”

  1. Richard888 responds:

    Wow! What a strange looking fish. I’m sure you’ve identified it Loren – Triplewart Seadevil. They must mate in the dark.

  2. Braindead responds:

    Yeah, it’s strange looking, but all deap sea fishes are.
    Looks like a dollar hatchetfish (http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/faculty/drazen/images/sternoptyx.jpg) or something like that.
    Or maybe a deap sea anglerfish which was involved in a “fight” with another fish? (That explained the short tail and the missing lantern!)


    PS: Sry for my english 😉

  3. Sordes responds:

    Just look at the end of the video, the guy holds actually the lantern.

  4. rickodemilo responds:

    I’m just happy to see my home province being recognized!

  5. Braindead responds:

    Aight sordes, you’ve got me:
    Just saw the first 2 minutes of the video – the fish looks disgusting 😉


  6. Munnin responds:

    Wow, what an interesting creature. I believe Mr.Coleman has got the ID correct with the Triplewart Seadevil. Great name, and quite suitable I think. This appears to be the only species in the genus Cryptopsaras; and again, a very suitably named genus to be discussing here on Cryptomundo. I’m curious to know the meaning of “psaras” in the context of this name.

  7. sschaper responds:

    I’d give him a lot of credit for trying to describe the thing as well as he could. A lot of people could learn from that!

    Dr. Alvarez would be proud.

  8. sschaper responds:

    I mean Dr. Agasieze (sp!) Where’s my coffee!?

  9. Lightning Orb responds:

    Sure is an ugly little devil, whatever it is

  10. cryptidsrus responds:

    Interesting fish ya got there, Loren!!!

    I say otter…


  11. youcantryreachingme responds:

    I didn’t listen to the audio but if they didn’t know what fish it was, they were certainly game to handle the spines! Just brushing the spines of some of Australia’s stonefish is enough to kill you.

  12. Spinach Village responds:

    I’m pretty sure they incorporate that fish in this sandwich.

  13. Cryptidlover888 responds:

    Probably an angler, though not sure.

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