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Scientists discover ‘ghost fish’ at record-breaking depth

A new fish has been discovered in the deepest part of the ocean.


Lisa Granshaw

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Posted on Dec 19, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 10:42 pm CDT

The appearance of a ghostly fish in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean on Earth, has resulted in a new world record. The fish was discovered at an unprecedented depth of depth of 8,143 meters by an international research team led by University of Hawaii researchers Jeff Drazen and Patty Fryer.

The fish is believed to be a previously unknown species of snailfish. According to New Scientist, “it boasts broad, translucent fins, stringy appendages and an eel-like tail that allows it to glide smoothly.” This different body shape is what sets it apart from the other known types of snailfish.

“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,” research team member Dr. Alan Jamieson from the University of Aberdeen said in a statement.

Take a look at the unique, record-breaking fish in the video. 

H/T The Washington Post | Screenshot via SciNews/YouTube

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*First Published: Dec 19, 2014, 7:18 pm CST