A CT-scan of a Atacama snailfish, which was recently discovered in the Atacama Trench.
Three bizarre-looking species of deep-sea creatures spotted in one of the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean — the Atacama Trench, located 7 kilometers under the ocean’s surface off the coast of Peru and Chile.
A group of 40 scientists from 17 different countries together to look into the freezing, pitch-black space, with the help of cameras and other equipment.
With these tools, they were able to get three interesting creatures, which they believe are types of snailfish, approximately 5 km deep. For now, the fish will simply be called the pink, blue and purple Atacama snailfish.
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“These fish are a part of the Liparidae family, and not meet the normal stereotype of what a deep-sea fish should look like,” England’s Newcastle University, a member of the expedition, wrote in a news statement Monday. “Instead of huge teeth and a menacing frame, the fish, which roam in the deepest parts of the ocean are small, transparent, devoid of the scale — and very adept at living where few other organisms can.”
The researchers were able to capture images of their new finds, and even captured by luring him into the trap.
Scientists discovered three new species of snailfish about 5 kilometers under the ocean’s surface.
Dr. Thomas Linley, who works at the University of Newcastle, said that it was clear snailfish are the largest predators in the deep depths of the ocean. They use speed in their advantage.
“There is something about the snailfish (fish of the family Liparidae) which allows them to adapt to life very deeply. Outside the range of the other fish, they are free of competitors and predators,” he explained in an online statement.
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But the fish would not be able to survive in warmer temperatures.
“Their gelatinous structure means that they are perfectly adapted to life in extreme pressure and in fact it is the hardest structure in their bodies, the bones in their inner ear which give them balance and their teeth. Without the extreme pressure and cold for the support of their bodies, they are extremely fragile and quickly melts when brought to the surface,” Linely added.
Scientists hope further study of the newly discovered animals and are planning to release their findings, including video footage and photos to see on the Challenger Conference 2018 at Newcastle University this week.
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