Dr. Thomas Linley and Dr. Alan Jamieson from Newcastle University, the UK along with other 40 scientists of 17 different nationalities formed a strong team aiming to hold expeditions to the Atacama Trench, one of the deepest places on earth with interesting forms of life.
The team’s expedition
During the expedition the team discovered some interesting species of snailfish, three to be more precise.
The team came up with some not so inspired temporary names for the recently discovered species ‘the pink, the blue, and the purple Atacama Snailfish.’ The experts were able to register some footage of the fish located at 7,500 meters below the surface while they interact and feed.
According to the scientists, the snailfish are part of the Liparidae family, and they have no similarities to how the fish living at the sea’s deepest ends are stereotyped to look like.
Compared to the menacing frame and giant teeth expected by the scientists, the snailfish are translucent, small and bereft of scales roaming in the ocean’s deepest parts. They are very adaptable organisms, and you can meet them during the Challenger Conference 2018 which will be open until Friday.
The team’s pride and future plans
The team tried to catch one of these fishes using an amphipod prey that one snailfish followed into one of the traps. This snailfish that got caught is in very good shape and is preserved carefully. The Newcastle team along with the colleagues from the Natural History Museum, London and the ones from the United States are very proud of their success.
The team is planning to explore the Hadal Trenches as well. They are one of the last great frontiers in marine science and also Earth’s deepest places.
The Hadal Trenches are across the rim of the Pacific where the tectonic plate plunge and collide and the seafloor can be as deep as 7 miles (11,000 meters) depending on the area.