Watch this eel inflate its head like a balloon

Watch this eel inflate its head like a balloon


Very little is known about the gulper eel. This camera-shy deep sea fish is sometimes called the pelican eel because of the strange things it can do with its mouth. Researchers were based out of the Azores Islands where they have been studying underwater species for almost 30 years. They boarded a submarine and plunged 1000 meters below the surface of the water. Then they waited. This is the first time the pelican eel has been seen directly by humans hunting for prey. An early video from an unmanned submarine showed the crazy mouth move, but this video is the first evidence that pelican eels actually pursue their prey, and don’t just hang out in the water waiting for it to fall into their mouths. The scientists hope their footage will help us to better understand the behavior of the pelican eel. And shine some light on how and why it evolved its balloon-like head.

41 thoughts on “Watch this eel inflate its head like a balloon

  • October 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm
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    subhanallah

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  • October 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm
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    This video doesn’t actually tell you anything about the Pelican Eel.

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  • October 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm
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    0:09 But can it talk?

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  • October 4, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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    first prove that evolution is true then go figure out why and how it inflates its mouth …

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  • October 5, 2018 at 12:49 pm
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    wtf lol VERY INFORMATIVE

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  • October 8, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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    каких только пизда не нахлыбещет

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  • October 8, 2018 at 11:29 pm
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    looks like sperm when its fully balooned up

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  • October 11, 2018 at 1:46 pm
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    That eel just blew my mind.

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  • October 11, 2018 at 4:32 pm
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    Я вам завидую, супер 🙂

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  • October 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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    Поимела жаба гадюку. А вы не верили…

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  • October 14, 2018 at 4:17 pm
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    Великолепные кадры – природа всегда удивляет – молодцы .

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  • October 16, 2018 at 11:52 pm
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    Удивительные существа таятся в морских пучинах!

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  • October 18, 2018 at 3:16 am
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    Да уж, как только страшин нет на белом свете?!

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  • November 7, 2018 at 2:30 am
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    A 2 minute ad that you can't skip.. really….

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  • December 18, 2018 at 11:53 pm
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    Katakuri?

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  • March 22, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    Does it eat fish or microscopical stuff?

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  • April 6, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    and here I was afrid of an eel my entire life to find out it was only an over-hyped fish-balloon

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  • April 18, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    He has no style, he has no grace

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  • April 22, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    Maybe it balloon up to make itself look bigger as defensive mechanism against predator or intimidation. It probably sees the submarine as big predator/enemy/big evil think

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    One thicc scinni boii

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  • June 1, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    I live in the Azores… I am scared…

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    Reminds meof an ex who can do stranger things with her mouth.

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  • July 9, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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    Lmao I thought they were scary this whole time but now they're just adorable😭😭😭

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  • July 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    They said:👁️🕳️👁️🎈

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  • July 27, 2019 at 4:25 am
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    God made that amazing! 😍

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    It would not have survived evolving.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    My gf can do some strange things with her mouth too

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:17 pm
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    I swear God is one crazy dude! How does one think this up?!? I wonder what more there is to see…

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  • July 31, 2019 at 5:40 am
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    It looks like a muppet!

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  • August 1, 2019 at 7:47 pm
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    AYZORES ISLANDS. LOLOLOL. STUPID POORLY EDUCATED YANK.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    Reminds me of one of the creatures in Stephen King’s Langoliers

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  • August 3, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    What dat mouf do tho

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  • August 3, 2019 at 11:05 pm
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    I feel like I just found part of the inspiration for Zamtrios…

    I love it.

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  • August 4, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Fascinating. I can recall seeing a drawing of one of these bizarre critters in a children's illustrated science book back in the 1980s. It seriously made no sense to me (though I found the concept of bioluminescence intriguing). I couldn't work out how it caught & swallowed it's prey down in the deep dark waters where it lives. Watching it capture prey with that extraordinarily wide mouth, you can see that it creates a suction that pulls tiny fish into it's mouth & then uses the ingested water to push it's meal into it's stomach.

    I wonder if it ever uses that ballooning effect to deter predators (much like a puffer fish)?

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  • August 10, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    Did Billy drown?

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:27 am
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    Sperm

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  • August 21, 2019 at 4:18 pm
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    Me: imma go to bed early tonight!

    Also Me @ 2am: watch this eel inflate it’s head like a balloon

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  • August 22, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    bem legal,é um bichinho alienigena rs

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  • August 22, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    very cool freak 🙂

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  • August 27, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    Looks like a Pokemon.

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  • November 21, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    Very very weird.

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