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Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. Download (mp4, 23.1 MB)

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.

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