Shape-shifting fish spotted off California coast

(ORDO NEWS) — At a depth of 2,000 meters off the coast of California, American scientists were able to photograph a whale fish that changes shape over the course of life, according to the Daily Mail.

According to the newspaper, the fish has long remained a mystery to scientists, due to how much it changes its shape and how pronounced sexual dimorphism in this species.

Initially, the animal looks like an eel, but as they mature, the males acquire long noses and large livers, while the females become a bit like whales.

Only in 2003, scientists were able to prove that the male and the female are one and the same species of animal.

A deep-sea creature can be found very rarely – over 34 years of observations, this species was observed only 18 times.


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