Three Eerie Fish Species Unearthed From The Extreme Depths Of The Pacific

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Researchers have produced a large amount of information about deepwater species and, among other things, was able to take pictures of the fish three alleged new species.

An global team consisting of 40 scientists from 17 nations embarked on an expedition to search deep in the ocean with their camera and other necessary equipment.

Amid the contemporary discoveries are what the team assumes to be three novel species of Snailfish. Now scientists have found three new fishes underwater in the eastern Pacific Ocean and they are really intriguing.

These fish are part of the Liparidae family and do not conform to the preconceived stereotypical image of what a deep-sea fish should look like. They are far away from other fish securing them and keeping them away from contenders and predators.


Appearing active and "very well-fed", these snailfish are probably at the top of the local food chain-predator to other invertebrate prey.

However, the researchers could bring one of the new types of snailfish to the surface, after it swam into one of their traps.

Snailfish are found at many different depths of oceans around the world, but the ones that exist in deep oceans are small, translucent and scaleless.

"Their gelatinous structure means they are perfectly adapted to living at extreme pressure and in fact the hardest structures in their bodies are the bones in their inner ear which give them balance and their teeth", Newcastle University's Thomas Linley said in a press statement. But without the pressures of the deep sea to support them, their fragile, boneless bodies melt when they crest the surface of the sea. That specimen was preserved, is in "very good" condition and is being studied by a team that includes researchers from the Natural History Museum in London.


With these instruments, they were ready to search out three attention-grabbing creatures, which they think are styles of snailfish, about 5 miles deep. Delivering on science's ultimate goal of making us fear the abyss, the University of Newcastle also captured rare footage of spider-like creatures, known as Munnopsids, which are roughly the size of an adult hand.

Located off the coasts of Peru and Chile, the 3,700-mile long (6,000 km) Atacama Trench bottoms out at 26,460 feet (8,065 metres).

The Newcastle University-led expedition, which involved deploying two deep sea "landers" to capture more than 100 hours of video footage, revealed a vibrant trench-dwelling ecosystem that includes shrimp-like amphipods and long-legged isopods. These crustaceans are capable of swimming backwards and upsides down. Then - using paddles on their sides - they propel themselves to do a flip and land on the bottom of the ocean with their long legs spread out like a spider.


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