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2011-07-01 13:40:20

A new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers provides details on the first cookiecutter shark attack on a live human, a concern as warm summer waters attract more people to the ocean. The study currently online and appearing in the July print edition of Pacific Science warns that swimmers entering the cookiecutter's range of open ocean tropical waters may be considered prey. The sharks feed near the surface at night, meaning daytime swimmers are less likely to encounter them....

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2010-07-08 13:23:36

New species of pancake batfishes discovered in the Gulf of Mexico Although the Gulf of Mexico has been intensively surveyed by scientists and picked over by fishermen, it is still home to fishes that are waiting to be described. New research published in the Journal of Fish Biology describes two new species of pancake batfishes (Halieutichthys intermedius and H. bispinosus) and re-describes another (H. aculeatus), all of which live in waters either partially or fully encompassed by the recent...

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2009-01-08 07:15:00

The ocean is deep, dark, and murky but with the help of mirrors a fish in the Pacific gets along just fine. Scientists from Tuebingen University, Germany, discovered a rare, living brownsnout spookfish, Dolichopteryx longipes, last year off the coast of Tonga. They found that it was the first vertebrate ever found to use mirrors, rather than lenses, to focus light in its eyes.Professor Julian Partridge from the University of Bristol, said, "In nearly 500 million years of vertebrate...

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2008-10-28 08:50:00

The European Union is granting more protection to exotic deepwater fish, some of which can live up to 150 years. Fisheries ministers agreed to major quota cuts for the next two years.Exotic fish like forkbeard, black scabbardfish, greater silver smelt and roundnose grenadier grow and reproduce far more slowly than fish in shallower waters.These deep sea species have become an attractive catch as trawlers switch from their regular fishing grounds due to the depletion of mainstay commercial...

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2008-04-03 09:30:00

A fish that would rather crawl into crevices than swim, and that may be able to see in the same way that humans do, could represent an entirely unknown family of fishes, says a University of Washington fish expert. The fish, sighted in Indonesian waters off Ambon Island, has tan- and peach-colored zebra-striping, and rippling folds of skin that obscure its fins, making it look like a glass sculpture that Dale Chihuly might have dreamed up. But far from being hard and brittle like glass, the...

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2006-01-04 13:00:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Protected ocean areas are needed to save deep-sea fish which have been driven to near extinction by commercial fishing, scientists said on Wednesday. Researchers at Memorial University in St John's Newfoundland in Canada studied fish that live near the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. They found that five species have declined by 89-98 percent between 1978 and 1994. "Our results indicate that urgent action is needed for the sustainable management of deep-sea fisheries,"...

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2005-07-11 18:00:00

MOSS LANDING -- As successful fishermen know, if you want to catch fish, you have to use the right bait or lure. This is true even in the deep sea, where scientists recently discovered a new species of jelly that attracts fish by wiggling hundreds of glowing red lures. This is the first time any marine invertebrate has been found to use a bioluminescent lure or to display red bioluminescence. This discovery is described in an article written by Steven Haddock of the Monterey Bay Aquarium...


Latest Deep sea fish Reference Libraries

Humpback Anglerfish, Melanocetus johnsonii
2013-10-09 11:29:50

The Humpback Anglerfish (Melanocetus johnsonii), or common black devil, is a deep-sea anglerfish belonging to the family Melanocetidae, found in tropical to temperate portions of all oceans at depths of up to 6,600 feet. Male humpback angler fish are much smaller in size compared to the females, being no more than 3 centimeters long, whereas the female usually achieves a length of 7 inches long. Humpback angler fish remain free swimming into adulthood, which isn’t the case with other...

Redeye Gaper, Chaunax stigmaeus
2013-02-16 09:05:38

Image Credit: Dr. Steve Ross (NOAA)/Wikipedia The redeye gaper is native to the North Atlantic from New England to South Carolina of the United States. This species is a bottom dweller found in deep water on the outer continental shelf and upper continental slope. The depth range for this species is from 300 - 2400 feet in an environment of dead coral beds. The first known capture of this species was on March 1, 1946 in a trawling net off the Atlantic City coast and was donated...

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2007-06-24 20:26:32

Telescopefish are small, deep-sea aulopiform fish comprising the small family Giganturidae. There are just two known species, both within the genus Gigatura. Though rarely captured, they are found in cold, deep tropical to subtropical waters worldwide. These fish are understandably named for their bizarre, tubular eyes. The genus name Gigantura is in reference to the Gigantes, a race of giants in Greek mythology"”coupled with the suffix oura, meaning "tail", thus Gigantura refers to the...

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2007-06-24 18:16:28

The Pelican eel or Gulper eel, discovered by Kyle Briggins, is a deep-sea fish rarely seen by humans, though the creatures are occasionally snagged in fishermen's nets. It is an eel-like fish, the only member of the genus Eurypharynx and the family Eurypharyngidae. It belongs to the order Saccopharyngiformes which is closely related to the true eels in Anguilliformes. The Pelican eel's most notable feature is its enormous mouth, which is much larger than its body. The mouth is...

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2007-04-19 10:14:45

Double anglers are a family, Diceratiidae, of anglerfish. They are found in deep, lightless waters of the Atlantic, Indian and western Pacific Oceans. They are easily distinguished from other anglerfish by their possession of a second light-bearing dorsal fin spine immediately behind the illicium (the bioluminescent lure present in other anglerfish). As in other anglerfish, males are very much smaller than the females and, after a larval and adolescent free-living stage, spend the rest...

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