VIDEO: SEE the World’s Deepest Fish That was Found at a Depth of 26,722 Feet
This poor little snailfish must be awfully lonely at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. It has broken the record for deepest fish by 500 feet! It’s absolutely miraculous that something can live in such deep water.
From The Telegraph:
Scientists have discovered the world’s deepest fish – a snailfish found at a depth of 26,722 feet.
The fish, with wing-like fins and an eel-like tail, was discovered gliding deep in the western Pacific Ocean, beating the previous record by 500 feet.
Several new species of fish were also discovered during a scientific voyage to the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific Ocean, the world’s deepest stretch of water. The trench has a maximum known depth of about 36,000 feet.
The 30-day expedition was led by scientists from the University of Hawaii and scoped a wide section of the ocean floor, rather than focusing merely on the deepest known point.
“Many studies have rushed to the bottom of the trench, but from an ecological view that is very limiting,” said Dr Jeff Drazen, a co-chief scientist.
“It’s like trying to understand a mountain ecosystem by only looking at its summit.”
The voyage was assisted by Britain’s deepest diving vehicle – the University of Aberdeen’s Hadal Lander – which recorded more than 100 hours of footage.
Previously, the deepest fish ever found had been a gelatinous snailfish found in the Japan Trench, also in the Pacific Ocean.
Scientists believe the findings will help to shed light on how creatures survive in extreme conditions.
Watch the video below:
Now isn’t that the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? It makes you wonder exactly how much we know about marine life.