It came from a deep. The very, really deep. Recorded during a new scrutiny of a Mariana Trench (the deepest place on a planet), a strange-looking new class has set a record for fish depth.
Jeff Drazen and Patty Fryer, a University of Hawaii researchers who led a expedition, trust that this is a new class of snailfish. From New Scientist:
Snailfish are famous to flower during impassioned depths: another variety, Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis, formerly reason a undisputed record for deepest-living fish during 7703 meters. Handling a heated vigour of a low sea is a plea for many animals since it impedes muscles and nerves and bends proteins out of shape, disrupting a operative of enzymes compulsory for life.
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But this creature, that was filmed several times during a abyss of 8,143 meters, or 26,715 feet, has a opposite physique figure from famous class of snailfish, so it competence be something else entirely. But one thing is for certain, a scientists told a BBC — it’s really not a class we’ve seen before.
‘‘We consider it is a snailfish, though it’s so weird-looking; it’s adult in a atmosphere in terms of what it is,’’ Alan Jamieson of a University of Aberdeen told a BBC. ‘‘It is unbelievably fragile, and when it swims, it looks like it has soppy hankie paper floating behind it. And it has a uncanny muzzle — it looks like a animation dog snout.’’
So how do these resounding fish conduct to live during these abrasive depths? Deep-sea fish have aloft levels of a chemical called trimethylamine oxide (TMAO). TMAO helps proteins say their figure as vigour mounts. Fish shouldn’t be means reason adequate TMAO in their cells to live next 8,200 meters, according to new investigate by Jamieson — so these new fish might really good be permanent record-holders.
Watch video of a deepest fish ever available in a Mariana Trench: