Sunday, October 12, 2008

Way Under the Sea

HADEEP project scientists recently recorded the deepest living fish ever seen on film in the Japan Trench of the North Pacific Ocean. Mackerel was used as bait to draw the 17 snailfish (Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis) to cameras 4.8 miles beneath the surface. The largest one measured more than 12 inches long. It is thought that the fish locate food at such great depths by using vibration sensors on their snouts. A video of the fish in action can be seen here.

"It was an honour to see these fish. No-one has ever seen fish alive at these depths before - you just never know what you are going to see when you get down there," said Alan Jamieson of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

The next search for abysmal life is scheduled for March 2009 with plans to explore at even greater depths.