‘Ghost Fish’ Seen Live for First Time
A living, swimming “ghost fish” has been seen live for the first time ever.
The fish, part of the family Aphyonidae, was caught on camera during an ongoing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) exploration by the ship Okeanos Explorer. The exploration centres on the deep ocean at Mariana Trench Marine National Monument, a protected area spanning 95,216 square miles (246,608 square kilometres) east of the Philippines.
The secretive fish was swimming along a ridge 8,202 feet (2,500 meters) down, according to NOAA. The animal is about 4 inches (10 centimetres) long, with translucent, scale-less skin and eerie, colourless eyes. No fish in the family Aphyonidae has ever been seen alive before.