Mystery of the hairy anglerfish’s huge stomach

The enormous expanded stomach of a rare hairy anglerfish has intrigued researchers ever since it was caught near the Cape Verde islands in 1999.

Little is known about this bizarre deep-sea fish, including what it eats. But the Museum specimen is so rare - one of only 17 discovered so far - that scientists didn’t want to cut it open to reveal its last meal.

Discover how Museum imaging experts finally solved the mystery by using CT scanning to create a 3D model of the anglerfish’s insides. The details are so clear that fish curator James Maclaine was even able to identify the unfortunate fish that formed the anglerfish’s final meal.

Inside Explorer Table

Look inside the anglerfish and examine this incredible creature from the deep for yourself on our interactive digital table.