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Terrifying fanged fish found living in undersea volcano
It’s skin is jet black and scaleless, it’s fangs sharp and translucent, and it was found living in an ancient volcano under five kilometers of water – good news everyone, we’ve discovered a new fish!
The unidentified species may look like the stuff of nightmares, but it will fit comfortably on the end of your finger. It was discovered by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), whose research vessel found four extinct volcanoes 200km off the coast of Sydney. The volcanoes are estimated to be around 50 million years old.
The mysterious blackfish wasn’t the only critter found swimming around in the deep sea, joined by recognizable larval versions of fish and lobster that are farmed in Australia.
Sorry, they’re not much prettier we’re afraid.
The team at CSIRO was first amazed to discover the cluster of volcanoes (or calderas), made possible by its new RV Investigator which is capable of monitoring deeper watery depths. The discovery of the larvae, though, was even more unexpected, previously believed to develop much closer to coastal areas.
“We had thought fish only developed in coastal estuaries, and that once larvae were swept out to sea that was end of them,” said the voyage’s chief scientist. “But in fact, these eddies are nursery grounds for commercial fisheries along the east coast of Australia.”
According to Gizmodo, sharks were also discovered last week living in an active volcano. We’re more than a little bit anxious to find out what they might spew up next.
Follow along on CSIRO’s website for more updates and discoveries from the RV Investigator.