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'Ghost fish' spotted alive for the first time

Posted on Tuesday, 5 July, 2016 | Comment icon 6 comments

This species has never been seen alive before. Image Credit: NOAA / oceanexplorergov / YouTube
Scientists have filmed an extremely rare type of fish more than 2,500ft below the surface of the sea.
Captured on camera by the NOAA's Okeanos Explorer vessel during an expedition to the Northern Mariana Islands, the eel-like fish is around 10cm long and looks almost ethereal in its appearance.

"I am sure that this is an Aphyonid and I am sure that this is the first time a fish of this family has ever been seen alive," said Dr Bruce Mundy. "This is really an unusual sighting."
The discovery was made as part of an ongoing endeavour to learn as much as possible about the extreme depths of the world's oceans where countless unidentified species live out their lives in secluded habitats that often seem as alien as some of the environments found on other planets.

"One thing is certain this was indeed an exciting find that highlights, once again, how much we still have to learn about our vast, and unexplored, ocean," the team wrote.

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Tags: Aphyonidae, NOAA, Ocean

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Clair on 5 July, 2016, 9:16
It's so cute! Up until now they've only seen dead ones, so no wonder they were exited to see one swimming around.
Comment icon #2 Posted by TopToffee on 5 July, 2016, 9:19
We need Derek Acorah now to become possessed by this Ghostly Fish..!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Child of Bast on 5 July, 2016, 16:11
You are soooooo wrong for that!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew on 5 July, 2016, 23:58
I am always fascinated by deep sea life. It seems almost every trip down to the dark zones yields at least a few new unknown species, or sees ones barely known to science. If life exists on Europa or Enceladus I hope I live long enough to see what lurks beneath the ice. If not, there are plenty of alien species in our own oceans to fascinate for years to come.
Comment icon #5 Posted by BeastieRunner on 6 July, 2016, 21:07
I wish we'd spend more time exploring our oceans.
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker on 7 July, 2016, 7:48
It probably is completely blind and has no idea it is being watched. Makes me wonder what might be watching me that I have no idea of. Probably just the boss.....

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