THE DYNAMIC EARTH: A BLOG ABOUT GEOLOGY AND THE EARTH SCIENCES

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fish Five Miles Down

The "deepest ever fish on film" was mentioned on the NPR website recently, and I thought I'd pass it along so that everyone could start celebrating early. The fish, a Liparid (or Snailfish) lives at around 7,700+ meters (that's nearly 5 miles) down in the Japan Trench.



The footage was taken by a "free-form lander", which is described in the news story as being some sort of a lunar lander type of device that they just hork off the side of the ship and come back for later. It's a weird looking fish, and some of the footage is available for viewing.