Unusual appearance of exotic fish

(ORDO NEWS) — In the depths of the Mariana Trench lives a strange fish with a rather unusual appearance.

As you know, the depths of the ocean are the habitat of nightmarish creatures that look more like aliens from outer space than the inhabitants of the Earth.

Colorless, transparent, flattened and swollen phosphorescent creatures have long attracted the attention of biologists around the world. But there is a fish whose appearance is striking and even frightening.

unusual appearance of exotic fish 2Mackenzie Gerringer/University of Washington, University of Hawaii

Mariana sailboat (lat. Pseudoliparis swirei) is the deepest-sea fish known to science. It looks like a chicken fillet, affected by an extensive tumor, and lives, of course, in the Mariana Trench. Scientists first discovered it at a depth of 7,986 meters below sea level back in 2014.

unusual appearance of exotic fish 3Adam Summers/University of Washington

“At first glance, the sailboat is completely unsuited to life at such a depth, but in fact, he and his relatives survive extremely well in extreme conditions,” says doctoral student Mackenzie Gerringer from the University of Washington, who participated in the 2014 expedition.

Currently, scientists are trying to understand exactly how this fish adapted to life in an environment under enormous pressure.

Seven years ago, they were also lucky enough to observe how P. swirei hunts in the wild: a flock of such fish breaks into groups and “drives” herds of shrimps and small crustaceans, sucking them up.

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