Thursday, April 18, 2024
Contact    |    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon  
Unexplained Mysteries
You are viewing: Home > News > Nature & Environment > News story
Welcome Guest ( Login or Register )  
All ▾
Search Submit

Nature & Environment

World's deepest fish found 7,966 meters down

By T.K. Randall
November 30, 2017 · Comment icon 10 comments

Can any fish live deeper down than this ? Image Credit: YouTube / University of Washington
A new species of extremely deep-sea snailfish has been found in the depths of the Mariana Trench.
Discovered almost five miles beneath the surface, this ghost-like fish is around twice the length of a cigar and has skin so translucent that it is possible to see its internal organs.

At these depths, the pressure is so extreme that it is like having the equivalent weight of an entire elephant pressing down on every square inch of your entire body.

Below this depth, the pressure becomes so overwhelming that it can even destabilize proteins.
The new species, Pseudoliparis swirei, is named after an officer aboard the HMS Challenger which discovered thousands of new species during an expedition in the 1870s.

"We named this fish after him in acknowledgment of the crews that serve on oceanographic research vessels," said Mackenzie Gerringer, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington.

"It takes a lot of people to keep a ship running and we wanted to sincerely thank them."



Source: National Geographic | Comments (10)




Other news and articles
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 6 years ago
A bunch of them ! They put bait it seems.
Comment icon #2 Posted by dragon1440 6 years ago
Are the little white onez babies or did they discover 2 fish and only big one gets attn lol
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
They sort of look like big Guppies.  I wonder if the breed like them.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Guyver 6 years ago
Considering the amount of pressure that exists at the bottom of the ocean.....this is truly amazing.  
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Yeah, I hear you on that. And from the article... At these depths, the pressure is so extreme that it is like having the equivalent weight of an entire elephant pressing down on every square inch of your entire body.
Comment icon #6 Posted by khol 6 years ago
Its all about balance  https://www.scienceabc.com/nature/animals/deep-sea-fishes-not-get-crushed-pressure-sea-floor.html
Comment icon #7 Posted by Bunzilla 6 years ago
Woah, they're cute! They remind me of big tadpoles.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Alaric 6 years ago
I used to live on Mt Tapochau on the island of Saipan in the Northern Marianas... the ocean is so crazy deep there that Tapochau  (at only 474m) is the highest mountain in the world when measured from the bottom of the ocean. Wikipedia will tell you it’s Mauna Kea, but that’s only 10,000 some meters... Tapochau is over 11,000 meters (474+10,994).
Comment icon #9 Posted by Alaric 6 years ago
Tapochau is the tip of an enormous underwater mountain range that dwarfs the Himalayas. Did a lot diving when I lived on Saipan, lots of interesting ocean life around that area. Water is super clear in places. Dove the Shoun Maru in Rota and visibility was an amazing 300 feet (90m+)... got weird vertigo, diving down into that... felt like I was somehow falling up. http://www.diverota.com/dives/shoun-01hayashi.htm The CNMI chain also includes Tinian (of USS Indianapolis fame) ... though that’s the  kind of “interesting“ ocean life I’m not too interested in checking out.  
Comment icon #10 Posted by taniwha 6 years ago
Maybe they feed on the plastic waste no doubt littering the trench.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Our new book is out now!
Book cover

The Unexplained Mysteries
Book of Weird News

 AVAILABLE NOW 

Take a walk on the weird side with this compilation of some of the weirdest stories ever to grace the pages of a newspaper.

Click here to learn more

We need your help!
Patreon logo

Support us on Patreon

 BONUS CONTENT 

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can gain access to a wide range of exclusive perks including our popular 'Lost Ghost Stories' series.

Click here to learn more

Top 10 trending mysteries
Recent news and articles