Weird New Fish Discovered off Antarctica

Weird Fish Discovered off Antarctica
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This monster catch was made during the first ever deep-sea survey of life in waters around the Crozet Islands in the Indian Ocean in 2005 to 2006.

We caught a total of 15 fish species, six of which were new, said team member Nicola King, a researcher at the University of Aberdeen's Oceanlab in Scotland.

Scientists aboard the British research vessel RRS Discovery made six seabed trawls, averaging one new species per haul.

Bringing the catch up from depths of 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) took almost seven hours, King said.

New fish identified from specimens collected during the two-month expedition include three species of snailfish and a type of crustacean-crushing cuskeel.

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—Photograph courtesy Nikki King/University of Aberdeen
 
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