Cusk eels, like this Leucicoris, are another incredibly diverse and common family of deep-sea fishes that have long, tapering, eel-like tails. We have seen various species throughout the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, where they are very common from about 1,000 meters to depths of nearly 6,000 meters. This particular fish was seen at Explorer Ridge Shallow on Dive 15 at a depth of 1,607 meters on July 2, 2016.

Cusk eels, like this Leucicoris, are another incredibly diverse and common family of deep-sea fishes that have long, tapering, eel-like tails. We have seen various species throughout the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, where they are very common from about 1,000 meters to depths of nearly 6,000 meters. This particular fish was seen at Explorer Ridge Shallow on Dive 15 at a depth of 1,607 meters on July 2, 2016. Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

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