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Weird translucent fish discovered in the sea near Alaska

By T.K. Randall
July 7, 2022 · Comment icon 2 comments

This is one strange looking fish. Image Credit: Sarah Friedman / NOAA
This bizarre ocean-dwelling fish was found in the depths of the North Pacific by a group of NOAA scientists.
Sporting a translucent, gelatinous body with white spots and a suction cup on its belly, this bizarre creature is known as a blotched snailfish, or Crystallichthys cyclospilus.

It lives deep down on the ocean floor at depths of over 2,700ft and is found only in the North Pacific.

This particular specimen was discovered by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during a routine survey of the ocean off the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.
According to expedition member Sarah Friedman, the fish was "very gelatinous" to the touch.

"This is thought to be an adaptation to maintain neutral buoyancy and efficiently swim while coping with the crushing pressure of the deep sea," she told Live Science.

"They live in relatively remote locations and at deeper depths, so the average person will never encounter this species."

Source: Live Science | Comments (2)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by the13bats 5 months ago
And it was learned their skin secretes an intensely strong human flesh melting acid moments after the photo was taken. Just kidding.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog 4 months ago
The one showed here is way prettier than those I got while icefishing for cod in eastern Canada. A good number of species of these transparent fish exist in deepwater.

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