Snailfish: Key Facts
Scientists photographed a snailfish swimming 8,336 meters below sea level near Japan, making it the deepest recorded fish ever caught on camera.
- Scientists dropped an autonomous “lander” camera into the Izu-Ogasawara Trench near Japan and filmed the snailfish.
- Izu-Ogasawara Trench is located in the western Pacific Ocean, on the boundary between the Philippine Sea Plate and the Pacific Plate.
- It is also called a sea snail and it is a deep-sea fish.
- There are over 400 known species of snailfish, and they range in size from just a few centimetres to nearly a meter in length.
- They are Elongated, soft, tadpole-shaped fish with loose and scaleless, though sometimes prickly, skins.
- They are well adapted to life in the extreme environment of the deep sea
- Snailfish are found in cold water in the North Atlantic, North Pacific, Arctic and Antarctic seas.