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rare Fish Caught on Camera 4.8 miles Deep

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Fish Caught Alive on Camera 4.8 miles Ghostly snailfish take the bait 4.8 miles (7.7 kilometers) beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean to become the deepest living fishes ever filmed.
The record-breaking video was shot in the Japan Trench by researchers who used dead mackerel to lure the abyssal creatures toward waiting cameras.

The fish belong to a species previously known only from five pickled specimens trawled up by Russian scientists in the 1950s, said Monty Priede, director of Oceanlab at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, which co-sponsored the expedition.

"Not only have we shown these fish alive for the first time, but we have multiplied by five the total number known to science," Priede said.

The fish are able to withstand pressures equivalent to "1,600 elephants on the roof of a Mini," according to a press release. The largest of the 17 snailfish observed measure more than 12 inches (30 centimeters) long.

Various shrimps, deep-sea prawns, and colorful crustaceans called amphipods were also recorded as part of Oceanlab's HADEEP project, a collaboration with the University of Japan.



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    Endridcold October 26, 2009 5:48:44 PM CET

    Great fish shot. What about the smaller fish that are swimming circles around the overgrown tadpoles? No doubt they should be included in the heap. Either way, it baffles me to see any living creatures withstand such tremendous pressure. What is even MORE baffling is the huge tube worms that support a large system of shrimp & crabs living on boiling hot chimneys that are releasing methane gas at unbelievably high temperatures. Those shrimp are surviving in water that is hotter than the water I boil my shrimp in - and they live at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The only thing deeper than that is hell itself. What a world!



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