More than a mile down, the team’s nets found relatively few fish. What they did find were several new species and some just plain “strange looking” ones, according to New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
The rare flabby whalefish have tiny eyes and lack ribs. The 12.5-inch-long (32-centimeter-long) specimen above was caught 1.7 miles (2.3 kilometers) underwaterâ€”the deepest reaches NIWA’s ever explored. Most scientific research and fishing has occurred above 0.7 mile (1.2 kilometers).
NIWA had set up eight trawl stations to capture fish at varying depths around Chatham Rise, part of a network of underwater plateaus, mountains, ridges, canyons, and abyssal plains.