New species found five miles down in Pacific Ocean

Weird science

New fish looks a little like a transparent tadpole

A new species of fish has been found in the deepest part of the ocean. During a 30-day expedition to the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, an un-manned sub filmed the fish at a depth of 26,722 feet, beating the previous record by 500 feet. It’s believed to be a snailfish, but scientists can’t confirm without a sample.

“We think it is a snailfish, but it’s so weird-looking; it’s up in the air in terms of what it is,” the University of Aberdeen’s Alan Jamieson told BBC News. “It is unbelievably fragile, and when it swims, it looks like it has wet tissue paper floating behind it. And it has a weird snout – it looks like a cartoon dog snout.” Up to this point, the deepest fish ever found had been a gelatinous snailfish found in the Japan Trench, also in the Pacific Ocean.


Oceanlab, University of AberdeenEntering the screen from the bottom left in the video below, the freaky fish didn’t stick around long enough to be caught. At any rate, since it lives nearly five miles down, just think of the size of reel you’d need to let out that much line!

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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