An international team of scientists has discovered in the Atacama Trench in the Pacific Ocean new species of fish which look pretty weird. Getting to a depth of 7,500 meters under the ocean’s surface, scientists discovered and studied the wildlife there, stunned to see three new species of fish.
The team was made of 40 scientists from 17 countries, stated Monday, the University of Newcastle.
Atacama Snailfish: Pink, Blue, and Purple
The scientists have temporarily named these species the pink, the blue, and the purple Atacama Snailfish. They saw them on the camera as they slowly moved on the ocean floor and chewed on a fish carcass dropped by the team.
One of the scientists on the project, Dr. Thomas Linley (University of Newcastle) stated:
“There is something about the snailfish (fish of the family Liparidae) that allows them to adapt to living very deep. Beyond the reach of other fish they are free of competitors and predators.”
He explains that they have a gelatinous structure which helps them live in the extreme pressure. These fish’s hardest bones are in the inner ear, to give them balance and the teeth, adding that:
“Without the extreme pressure and cold to support their bodies they are extremely fragile and melt rapidly when brought to the surface.”
These fish might look cuddly and slimy, but they’re the “top predator” at those depths, plus the specimens observed on camera looked quite chubby, said Linley.
Another Weird Fish – Right From Our Nightmares!
These pastel slimy fish look nothing like the Munnopsids (top left of the photo), which are the size of an adult hand. They look like a spider, and according to the University, they’re pretty terrifying:
“These crustaceans have small bodies, extraordinarily long legs and swim backwards and upsides down, propelling themselves with paddles on their ventral side — their ‘tummies’ — before righting themselves on the seafloor and spreading their long walking legs out like a spider.”
Check out the video uploaded on Newcastle University’s YouTube channel.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.