The “faceless” fish had not been sighted for more than a century, was recently rediscovered by researchers trawling the depths of the sea off Australia’s east coast.
A seemingly faceless fish that had not been sighted for more than a century was rediscovered by researchers tracing an abyss on the seafloor on Australia’s east coast and, in addition to fish, they also found a quantity Significant waste.
According to investigator Tim O’Hara, leader of the expedition and a principal in charge of the Victoria Invertebrate Department of Marine Invertebrates, the fish was last seen in Australian waters in the year 1893 when it was swept to the surface by a ship British. At 40 centimeters, this “faceless” animal has now been rediscovered four thousand meters below sea level in southern Sydney by researchers from the Victoria Museum and members of the Commonwealth Organization for Scientific and Industrial Research of Australia (CSIRO).
“This fish is fantastic because the mouth is situated on the underside of your body which makes it impossible for us to see eyes, nose, mouth or gills”, O’Hara told The Guardian this week.
Samples of some animals and sediment are being collected every day from the bottom of the abyss by the CSIRO vessel, which has 27 scientists, 13 technicians and 20 crew members. “The technicians tell me that a third of the specimens are totally new to science. Not all are as spectacular as the faceless fish, but there are worms, crabs, sea fleas and many other totally new things, “O’Hara explained.
Also, impressive, was the amount of garbage that the researchers found on the seabed. “We saw tubes, we drag cans of paint. Amazing how we are in the middle of nowhere and yet the area has years and years of trash”, he said.
The voyage began on 15 May and is completed on 16 June.