Deep Water fish Identification
‘Potentially, if we fish deeper, maybe between 1, 000 and 2, 000 metres (3, 000 to 6, 000 feet), we could find that's there's actually quite a lot of them there, ’ University of Windsor researcher Nigel Hussey told CBC. ‘We just don’t know.’
Hussey, who is credited with finally identifying the fish, says the mystery comes from the strange creature’s rarity.
‘Only one of these fish has previously been documented from the Hudson Strait, ’ Hussey said.
Just two: The fish was caught in the Davis Strait off Canada's most northerly province of Nunavut. It was only the second such specimen ever identified from the waters
Guess again: It was initially thought to be one of these equally odd, and also rare, creatures called a goblin shark. But chimaeras aren't sharks, they come from a distinct lineage that branched off from their cousins the sharks some 400 million years ago
Like all chimaeras, the long-nosed species is a distant relative of sharks and rays.
A photo of the Davis Straight specimen, thanks largely to its sheer weirdness, has gone viral since it was posted online after being caught by a Nunavut fishing boat.
CHIMAERAS: OLD, WEIRD, UGLY AND ENIGMATIC
The chimaera is one of the world's oldest species of fish.
The chimaera goes by various names including ratfish, rabbitfish, and ghostsharks.
Like sharks and rays, chimaeras have a skeleton made of cartilage.
Enigma: Most species of chimaera live their lives in the dark, deep sea abyss. The enigmatic fish has its closest cousin in the shark, but the chimaera is much less common and for less studied
Most species of chimaera have a mildly venomous spine on their back. The long-nosed chimaera is no exception.
Some species of chimaera are even eaten as food in some parts of the world.
But the enigmatic fish is largely restricted to deep ocean waters, putting it out of reach to most fishermen and scientists.
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