Newly Identified Mariana Snailfish Is The Deepest Ever Fish In The Sea

Newly Identified Mariana Snailfish Is The Deepest Ever Fish In The Sea
Image Credit: ZooTaxa / Mackenzie Gerringer (screenshot)

How would you react if a full-grown elephant stood on your thumb? Yeah, the human body cannot withstand intense pressure. But a tiny snailfish found in the Mariana Trench near Guam spends all its life under the same level of pressure as an elephant standing on your thumb. After extensive study, a group of researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Hawaii has identified the Mariana snailfish as a new species and given it a scientific name.

The Mariana Snailfish was first spotted three years ago

The Mariana Trench is the deepest stretch of ocean on the planet. The two-inch-long Mariana snailfish has a scaleless body that is so translucent that you could see its liver. It was found swimming deeper than 8,000 meters. Findings of the study were published on November 28 in the journal ZooTaxa. The little creature lives in a dark ocean region called the hadal zone.

Researchers led by Mackenzie Gerringer of the University of Washington sent cameras and traps deep into the sea, obviously because human divers cannot go where the Mariana snailfish are generally found. The study was conducted over a three-year period. It would usually take the cameras and traps about four hours to reach where the creature lives.

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