Recently researchers have discovered a new species of terrifying fish with sharp teeth, fangs and a potential sting in the tail. The bizarre black scale-less fish was found off the coast of Australia.
Chief scientist for the voyage, UNSW marine biologist, Professor Iain Suthers, said he was amazed they were able to find so many on the tiny critters and the discovery will now change how researchers study juvenile fish.
Some of the species included in the grizzly snaps discovery were the scaleless blackfish – a tiny fanged creature, the eel-like idiacanthidae and the nightmare-inducing chauliodontidae with its comparatively massive front teeth.
We had thought fish only developed in coastal estuaries, and that once larvae were swept out to sea that was end of them. But in fact, these eddies are nursery grounds for commercial fisheries along the east coast of Australia,” Professor Suthers said.
Investigator was actually in the area on other business… the ship is constantly mapping the sea floor as it travels, opening up a previously undiscovered and unknown world. Our previous research vessel could only map to 3000 metres, missing important geological features like the calderas. Investigator can map the ocean to any depth (although it’s yet to find James Cameron).”
They then focused more of their attention on the discovery of four extinct volcanoes found 125 miles offshore east of Sydney under three miles of ocean. The cluster is 12 miles long and nearly four miles wide with the highest point reaching 2,300 feet off the ocean floor.
The researchers were searching for the nursery grounds of larval lobsters when it came across the volcano cluster, which geologist Richard Arculus of Australian National University said has no real chance to erupt again.
This is the first time these volcanoes have been seen. It proves yet again that we know more about the topography of Mars than we do the sea bed in our own backyard,” says Arculus.