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Ghostly fish breaks ocean depth record

By T.K. Randall
December 19, 2014 · Comment icon 11 comments

The species was found at a greater depth than any other fish on record. Image Credit: YouTube / New Scientist
Scientists have discovered a strange new species of fish living 8,143 meters below the ocean's surface.
The deep-sea snailfish was identified during an expedition to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans.

Located in the Pacific, the trench contains some of most extreme and unusual forms of aquatic life found anywhere on the planet.

This latest find, which was discovered at a depth of 8.1km, beats the previous record holder, Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis, which was found 7.7km below the surface.

With its strange translucent fins and eel-like tale the new species has adapted perfectly to thrive in this inhospitable region where the immense pressures make survival extremely challenging.



Source: New Scientist | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by maximusnow 10 years ago
Cool looking Fish!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Still Waters 10 years ago
Amazing find.
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam 10 years ago
What are those metal poles, are they part of the camera equipment? well its certainly new to man, but who knows how long they have been there or have they evolved over time from further up...going further down. With all the pollution which has been poured into the oceans, apart from the loss of much sea life, would not surprise me if some have evolved and over time found a way of living deeper in the oceans, further away from our mess.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters 10 years ago
There's another video in this link - Watch collection of video clips of life in the Mariana Trench in order of depth, from the shallowest to one of the deepest places on Earth, the Sirena Deep http://www.telegraph...can-you-go.html
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
I'm not sure that pressure is a limiting factor on sea life, in the deep sea life is often limited by low oxygen content of the water, cold (barely above freezing) and lack of food because meals can be few and far between. But pressure inside the animal is the same as the water pressure outside the animal. The fish would not notice the tons of pressure pressing on every square inch of its body and more than we feel the approximate 14 pounds of air pressure our atmosphere exerts on us constantly, and unlike air, water is not compressible if I remember my physics. Only a fish's swim bladder cont... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by John Denning 10 years ago
Every time that I see an artical like this I can't understand how anyone can doubt the existence of life in space. It lives 8,143 M below the surface. That's 5 miles under water. That is just about as alien as any environment can be, and there swims a graceful creature.
Comment icon #8 Posted by equus hemionus 10 years ago
Its dinner time. Are they tasty?
Comment icon #9 Posted by mesuma 10 years ago
We should stop naming things "inhospitable", simple as that.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Aardvark-DK 10 years ago
I want that in my fish tank....but have to build the pressure up first...
Comment icon #11 Posted by Peter B 10 years ago
Every time that I see an artical like this I can't understand how anyone can doubt the existence of life in space. It lives 8,143 M below the surface. That's 5 miles under water. That is just about as alien as any environment can be, and there swims a graceful creature. Do you mean Space space? Or another planet or moon that isn't the Earth? If you mean living in actual space, I find that hard to accept (having said that, one of my favourite SF short stories is about exactly that topic). But if you mean the latter, I think you'll find most people agree with you.


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