Researchers found world’s deepest unidentified fish five miles below the surface

December 22, 2014 12:07 PM

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Scientists have discovered a new species of fish with translucent wings over five miles below the surface in the Mariana Trench, in the Pacific Oceans. The discovery was made in November by an international group of scientists during an international research cruise. The white translucent fish was found in the Mariana Trench, 8,145 meters or more than five miles below. The previous record was held by a Japanese Snailfish found at 7,700 meters in 2011. Researchers from the Ocean Schmidt Institute and Oceanlab, had carried out the 30 days study, which is a part of the Hadal Ecosystem Studies (HADES) on the ocean vessel ‘The Falkor’. This international project which explores trenches and hadal ecosystems, had been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Alan Jamieson, one of the expedition member from the Oceanlab at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland said, “We think it is a snailfish, but it’s so weird-looking; it’s up in the air in terms of what it is. It is unbelievably fragile, and when it swims, it looks like it has wet tissue paper floati...

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