Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Ghostly translucent creatures discovered 24,000 feet beneath the sea

Ghostly translucent creatures discovered 24,000 feet beneath the sea

The researchers have claimed to captured about three new species of the elusive snailfish.

About 100 miles off the coasts of Peru and Chile, it's one of the deepest places on Earth. The three new species of snailfish proliferated significantly in that area because they can live unthreatened by predators as it happens in shallow waters.

In particular, three new species of snailfish were discovered during the expedition at almost 25,000 feet (7,500 meters) under the surface. People expect that deepest fish would be lonely and motionless. "As a change of wide enamel and a menacing frame, the fishes that creep within the deepest substances of the ocean are small, translucent, bereft of scales - and highly adept at residing where few other organisms can".

"My interest is mainly the fish, so I am biased in thinking the new snailfish are fantastic", study author Thomas Linley of Britain's Newcastle University told Newsweek.

"There is something about the snailfish (fish of the family Liparidae) that allows them to adapt to living very deep".


Despite their unthreatening name and slimy physique, Linley said the snailfish are the "top predator" at that depth and the specimens caught on camera looked "very well-fed".

Footage captured by the Newcastle University team of the feeding habits of deep sea fish in the Atacama Trench, Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Thomas Linley and Dr. Alan Jamieson from Newcastle University, the United Kingdom along with other 40 scientists of 17 different nationalities formed a strong team aiming to hold expeditions to the Atacama Trench, one of the deepest places on earth with interesting forms of life. But the newly discovered snailfish are perfectly content to swim these hellish waters, due in part to their gelatinous bodies, which are nearly entirely free of bones, save for the little structures in their inner ears that help with balance.

"Without the extreme pressure and cold to support their bodies they are extremely fragile and melt rapidly when brought to the surface", Dr. Linley explained. That specimen didn't survive the trip to the surface, but researchers have preserved its remains and, according the statement, it's in "very good condition" for study. These creatures belong to an unidentified species of the Munnopsidae family and grow to be the size of an adult human hand. The ocean where the fish were found is so deep it can take almost four hours for a trap to sink to the bottom. The creatures can swim backwards and upside down, have long legs like a spider, and paddles to help them swim.

"Especially the flip they do as they switch from swimming to walking mode", he added. "They are small, pink, jelly-like fish", Dr Linley said.

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