Scientists discover three new sea creatures in depths of the Pacific Ocean

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 14, 2018

One of the three newly discovered species known as the Atacama snailfish, now sorted into three categories: blue, purple, and pink.

On the study of the Peruvian-Chilean trench, a team of 40 researchers from 17 countries. For the moment, those responsible for the expedition call these species pro their colour: pink, blue and purple. Now scientists have found three new fishes underwater in the eastern Pacific Ocean and they are really intriguing. People expect that deepest fish would be lonely and motionless.

"Thanks to adaptation to life in deep water, sea slugs no competitors and predators that could catch them - said Dr. Thomas Lynley (Dr. Thomas Linley) from Newcastle University".

"As the video clearly shows, on the seabed, there are many invertebrate prey and the snailfish are the main predators; They seem to be quite active and they look very well fed, "says Thomas Linley".

Amazingly, the team did manage to catch one the new species of snailfish which followed its amphipod prey into one of the traps.

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Snailfish are found at many different depths of oceans around the world, but the ones that exist in deep oceans are small, translucent and scaleless.

"Their gelatinous structure means they are perfectly adapted to living at extreme pressure", Linley said.

"There is something about the snailfish that allows them to adapt to living very deep", postdoctoral research associate Linley said in a statement. "Without the unheard of tension and frigid to beef up their bodies they're extremely fragile and soften all true now when dropped on the surface", Linely added. One of the captured specimens is in good condition and, after careful preservation, is being described by the team at the University of Newcastle with the help of scientists from the United States and the Natural History Museum of London. Scientists filmed the fish in their natural environment as part of an worldwide expedition to remotely explore the Atacama Trench, off the coast of Peru, and the discovery will be presented at the ongoing Challenger Conference at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Apart from snailfish, they also found various weird creatures in the environment such as long-legged isopods or Munnopsids. The unit will take approximately four hours to fully reach the bottom, then the researchers wait a day, and then the acoustic signal, the system resets the weight - and the device refers to the top. They also have an odd swimming pattern, as they swim backwards and upside-down.

They propel themselves with paddles on their their "tummies" - before righting themselves on the seafloor and spreading their long walking legs out like a spider.

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