A Snailfish Spotted in the Mariana Trench Becomes the Deepest Living Fish Ever Discovered

A newly identified variety of snailfish spotted by a camera at a depth of 26,716 feet down in the Mariana Trench by University of Hawaii researchers has been recognized as the deepest living fish ever discovered. The fish has translucent fins and is propelled by a long, eel-like tail.

Snailfish are known to thrive at extreme depths: another variety, Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis, previously held the undisputed record for deepest-living fish at [25,272 feet].