World’s deepest fish found in Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench – Watch

Updated: December 20, 2014
World's deepest fish found in Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench - Watch

Researchers have observed a record for the world’s deepest living fish, found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest site on earth.

According to the BBC, the weird-looking creature was found 8,145m beneath the waves. Several other new species were discovered on the trip.

Dr Alan Jamieson, from Oceanlab at the University of Aberdeen, said: “We think it is a snailfish, but it’s so weird-looking; it’s up in the air in terms of what it is.

“It is unbelievably fragile, and when it swims, it looks like it has wet tissue paper floating behind it.

“And it has a weird snout – it looks like a cartoon dog snout.”

The discovery sets a new record for the deepest fish ever found, breaking the previous one by more than 1600 feet.

National Geographic reports that the researchers drew the fish to a deep-sea camera but had no way of catching it. Without a specimen they cannot give the fish a formal description or scientific name.

Fish cannot live any deeper than 8,200 metres in the ocean.