Beebe giant dragonfish

The giant dragonfish as drawn by Helen Tee-Van for Beebe.

Giant dragonfish, William Rebsamen

The giant dragonfish as drawn by William M. Rebsamen.

Other names: Untouchable bathysphere fish

The giant dragonfish (Bathysphaera intacta) was a deep sea cryptid fish seen once off Bermuda in the North Atlantic Ocean by William Beebe in the early 1930's. Beebe classified it as a scaleless black dragonfish, but admitted that this was a guess and that the largest known dragonfish was only 15 inches long.[1][2]


The fish was described by Beebe as 6 foot long with a a strongly undershot jaw housing many teeth, a row of strong, pale-blue lights across its side, and and two ventrical tentacles, each tipped with a pair of red and blue phosphorescent lights. The vertical dorsal fin was also positioned far back, very close to the tail.[1][2]



Beebe saw this fish at a depth of 2100 feet during a bathysphere dive off Bermuda. He wrote:[2]

"Several minutes later, at 2100 feet, I had the most exciting experience of the whole dive. Two fish went very slowly by, not more than six or eight feet away, each of which was at least six feet in length. They were of the general shape of large barracudas, but with shorter jaws which were kept wide open all the time I watched them. A single line of strong lights, pale bluish, was strung down the body. The usual second line was quite absent. The eyes were very large, even for the great length of the fish. The undershot jaw was armed with numerous fangs which were illumined either by mucus or indirect internal lights.
"Vertical fins well back were one of the characters which placed it among the sea-dragons, Melanostomiatids, and were clearly seen when the fish passed through the beam. There were two long tentacles, hanging down from the body, each tipped with a pair of separate, luminous bodies, the upper reddish, the lower one blue. These twitched and jerked along beneath the fish, one undoubtedly arising from the chin, and the other far back near the tail. I could see neither the stem of the tentacles nor any paired fins, although both were certainly present. This is the fish I subsequently named Bathysphaera intacta, the Untouchable Bathysphere Fish."

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Beebe, William (1934) Half Mile Down