One might think that deep-sea animals would be safe from human interference, but that is not so. Their greatest threat is bottom trawling, which occurs as far down as 6,500 feet, making virtually all of the ocean floor accessible to fishermen. The contraptions fishermen use crush everything in their way and capture untargeted animals as bycatch. Deep-sea creatures are also susceptible to overfishing because they grow slowly, and it takes years for them to begin reproducing. Additionally, many of the deep-sea fisheries are on the high seas, where there is minimal, if any, regulation.
Because it's so difficult to photograph deep-sea creatures, it's rare for the public to see evidence of them. But they are an incredible-looking club, as you can see by this anglerfish. Click through to view more; then take action!