On Sunday, researchers from the University of Western Australia and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology released footage taken by sea robots in deep trenches off Japan last September. The scientists also caught two additional specimens at 8,022 meters while filming the deepest snailfish, setting another catch record.
During a probe into the abyss of the northern Pacific Ocean, a young snailfish was discovered at a depth of 8,336 meters (over 27,000 feet) just above the seabed. Scientists had never been able to collect fish below 8,000 meters when the deepest snailfish ever spotted was at 7,703 meters in 2008.
The creature is an unknown snailfish species belonging to the genus Pseudoliparis according to researchers, which was recorded in the Izu-Ogasawara trench in the southeast of Japan.
In a decade-long exploration of the world’s deepest fish populations, scientists from the Minderoo-University of Western Australia Deep Sea Research Centre and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology explored the Japan, Izu-Ogasawara and Ryukyu trenches, which are 8,000, 9,300 and 7,300 metres deep, respectively.
See the video below: