SCOTLAND– A team of scientists was able to capture on video a new species of snailfish swimming at a depth of 26,722 feet in the western Pacific Ocean.
The expedition team, formed by a group of marine biologists, geologists, microbiologists and geneticists from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Hawaii, used a diving vehicle called the Hadal-Lander in order to film the animal.
“This really deep fish did not look like anything we had seen before, nor does it look like anything we know of,” Dr Alan Jamieson said, a senior lecturer who designed the diving vehicle and who focuses on exploring the Hadal zone, represents the deepest marine habitat on Earth and extends from 19,686 feet to the bottom of the deepest parts of the ocean.
The newly discovered fish was described by the researcher as being “unbelievably fragile” and exhibiting wing-like fins with a “cartoon dog head”.
Other crustaceans, such as the extremely rare ‘supergiant’ amphipod, were also filmed alive for the first time.
Jamieson, also the leader of the MASTS forum, says they “learned a great deal” during the expedition.
The Mariana Trench, located near the Mariana Islands, is considered the deepest part of the world’s ocean.