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Dive 04, April 16, Keathley Canyon, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition

The Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle encountered this snailfish (or Liparid) while exploring Keathley Canyon at a depth of ~ 2,000 meters. The rat-like tail on the fish is common amongst deep-sea fishes, as it is believed to keep water movement to a minimum, thus helping to prevent detection by other animals in the water.

Video courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

 

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Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition: April 16 Daily Update

Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition

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