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Chimaeras Steal the Show
Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019. Download larger version (mp4, 60.4 MB).

During the first dive of the Windows to the Deep 2019, while exploring about 60 miles off of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at a site called Canaveral Deep, we encountered these chimaeras, genus Hydrolagus. Chimaeras also have the perhaps unfortunate common name of "ratfish," as their long, thin tails were thought to resemble that of a rat's; but at least they have beautiful coloration. These fascinating fish almost always steal the show.

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