New record for ‘deepest’ fish ever found after new Snailfish discovered 8145m down the Mariana Trench

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Scientists have discovered a new fish deeper than any they found before. A type of snailfish was located by the University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab 8145m down the Mariana Trench. Below that depth, only crustacean amphipods could be seen.

This new record is the deepest a fish as ever been seen alive, beating the previous record set in 2008 by 450m.

This fish, (and for that matter the old record holder from 2008) was filmed by Dr. Alan Jamieson, the team lead at Oceanlab.

The footage was recorded using the Hadal-Lander, the U.K.’s deepest diving vehicle.

“This really deep fish did not look like anything we had seen before, nor does it look like anything we know of,” Jamieson said in a release. “It is unbelievably fragile, with large wing-like fins and a head resembling a cartoon dog.”

The footage also captured another surprise: A “super-giant” amphipod that was first recovered by traps near New Zealand…

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