Bizarre-looking creature breaks record for world's deepest fish

Published: Dec. 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM CST
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(WVUE) - A never-before-seen fish has been caught on camera, setting a new depth record in the Pacific Ocean.

The world's deepest fish was captured on camera at depths of 8,145 meters (26,700 feet) in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean. The newest discovery breaks a depth record set in 2008 by nearly 500 meters (1,640 feet).

The previously unknown creature, believed to be a snailfish, was filmed several times floating along the sea floor. It is a white translucent fish with an eel-like tale and wing-like fins.

The footage was captured by a team of Scottish scientists aboard a vessel from the Schmidt Ocean Institute. It was caught on camera during a 30-day expedition in the Mariana Trench.

"It stunned scientists because in other trenches, there is only one fish species at this depth--a snailfish; this fish is really different from any other deep-sea fish that scientists have ever seen," posted the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

The institute states other rare creatures were also discovered on their expedition, including a "supergiant" amphipod – a very large crustacean.

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