Scientists discover world’s deepest fish in Pacific

Scientists discover world's deepest fish
Rat-tails, decapods, supergiants and snailfish at 7012m (Picture: SWNS)

Scientists have discovered the world’s deepest fish during research in the depths of the Pacific.

They captured video footage of a snailfish as low as 8,145 metres (26,700ft) – the greatest depth a fish has ever been observed.

They also discovered several new species on the trip to the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, as well as capturing the first footage of the mysterious ‘supergiant’ amphipod alive.

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Alan Jamieson, fish
Alan Jamieson from the Univeristy of Aberdeen (Picture: SWNS)

An international team of marine biologists, geologists, microbiologists and geneticists made the discoveries on a 30-day expedition.

The team, which included scientists from the University of Aberdeen, recorded the footage using the Hadal-Lander, said to be the UK’s deepest diving vehicle, which was designed and built entirely in Aberdeenshire.

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They had already discovered a new species of snailfish living between 6,000 and 8,000 metres (20,000ft and 26,000ft), itself a depth record, and were excited to find a fish even lower down.

Alan Jamieson, from the University of Aberdeen, said: ‘This really deep fish did not look like anything we had seen before, nor does it look like anything we know of.

‘It is unbelievably fragile, with large wing-like fins and a head resembling a cartoon dog.’

 

 

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20 December 2014 | 7:11 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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