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Snailfish : Key Facts

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.