Scientists have discovered a new species of fish living almost 4 1/2 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
The ghostly white snailfish was found September 10 in the Peru-Chile trench in the South Pacific by an international team of marine biologists led by Alan Jamieson of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. The scientists also found cusk-eels and crustaceans living in the trench off the west coast of South America. Those creatures had never before been observed at such depths, where sunlight never penetrates and water pressure is almost 10,000 pounds per square inch.
â€śOur findings, which revealed diverse and abundant species at depths previously thought to be void of fish, will prompt a rethink into marine populations at extreme depths,â€ť said Jamieson, who led researchers from Japan and New Zealand in the project.
The researchers discovered the creatures during a three-week expedition during which they took more than 6,000 images at depths between 4,500 and 8,000 meters (15,000 to 26,000 feet).
The most recent mission â€“ August 31 to September 20 - was the seventh in three years by a collaborative research project among the University of Aberdeenâ€™s Oceanlab, the University of Tokyoâ€™s Ocean Research Institute and New Zealandâ€™s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research.
Previous expeditions had identified another species of snailfish in deep-sea trenches off Japan and New Zealand.
â€śTo test whether these species would be found in all trenches, we repeated our experiments on the other side of the Pacific Ocean off Peru and Chile, some 6,000 miles from our last observations,â€ť Jamieson said. â€śWhat we found was that indeed there was another unique species of snailfish living at 7,000 meters â€” entirely new to science, which had never been caught or seen before.â€ť
Jamieson said scientists also observed cusk-eels in a â€śfeeding frenzy that last 22 hoursâ€ť and large shrimp-like crustacean scavengers in abundance in the trench.
â€śIt begs the question of why and how they can live so deep in this trench but not in any other,â€ť said Niamh Kilgallen, an expert on the creatures at the New Zealand institute.
â€śThese findings prompt a re-evaluation of the diversity and abundance of life at extreme depths," Jamieson said.
720 atmospheres of pressure. Most of us cannot get off the couch under 1 atmosphere of pressure.
This article just goes to show how little we still know the planet.
I was throughly amused by the comment section and various flames.
These last few made me hungry.
So what does that deep sea fish and shrimp taste like with tartar and hot sauce?
Why don't we see monkeys turning into Humans now? Or seeing fish walking up on land growing legs with it's lunch attached to a cane pole?Because evolution is a "LIE" people.We are created by the Hands of GOD.Blessed Be His Name.
I assume that God must speak directly to you, since you seem to know exactly what he or she is thinking, what his or her motivations are, and what mechanisms he/she has used to direct the course of earthly development. I personally believe that both God and evolution are true, just that God started the whole process of evolution. Who's to say that he didn't?
It's not a thorough study if they can't tell us whether the shrimp-like creature tastes like shrimp or not. Americans are dying to know!
I think this fish should be named Godfish just to confound all of the hate filled, spiteful atheists posting here!
The atheists seem to be a lot more reasonable and easy going than the creationists.
Why not translate to spanish
Why not shut up and learn english?
Sdchef, you realize there are news outlets all over the world in different languanges right?
Unless CNN should be linking all languages to this one story and every other one they put up.
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Does it taste good?
Fried ,broiled or blackened Matt?
i wish i can get to see it closer
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fine. is it any dangerous?.. i think we may didn't see at so many types of fishes under the sea (or) ocean.
so it may be one of them. don't scar about it.really so thankful god to make all these different living things in our real life.
i still had i doubt that , "how god creating different types with COMPUTER.??
may be he is also using it.
i think this is an amazing discovery it just goes to show that we will never in a life time know everything God has created. I hope that after i get my career started in environmental studies that i may could discover some amazing new creature myself.
all these GOD people need to shut it...No one knows how anything was made... and for the people that think god did it all.. You cant believe something that you have no proof on . and just cuz someone made you believe god made everything dosnt mean its true.. i mean i can believe in anything i want.. but it dosnt mean thats what happend.. soooo uhhh son!
Just to be even handed here, you have no more proof that there is no god, than the believers do that there is one. Personally, I believe that there is a god, but, that he or she created the process of evolution, and all the other processes that run the universe, and that since then, he or she has pretty much stayed on the sidelines.