Scientists Discover World’s Deepest Fish Near The Bottom Of The Mariana Trench

Scientists just got a whole new look at what lurks deep below the ocean’s surface.

Eerie, transparent fish and supergiant crustaceans were filmed swimming 8,145 meters deep — about 5 miles down — in the Mariana Trench earlier this month. It’s the deepest anyone has ever seen a fish, breaking the previous record from 2008 by nearly 500 meters.

The strange-looking fish appears to be a whole new species.

“This really deep fish did not look like anything we had seen before, nor does it look like anything we know of,” said research team member Alan Jamieson of the University of Aberdeen, in a statement. “It is unbelievably fragile, with large wing-like fins and a head resembling a cartoon dog.”

Jamieson told ABC News he’s pretty sure it’s a type of snailfish, though the scientists weren’t able to capture any for further study or to give the new species an official name.

The Mariana Trench, which plunges seven miles down into the Pacific Ocean about 3,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, is the deepest place on earth. It’s thought to be the oldest section of the ocean floor geologically and is known for introducing new —> Read More Here


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