Australia: researchers have just discovered terrifying new species of fish

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In October 2022, a group of researchers from the Museum Victoria Research Institute conducted groundbreaking research in the Indian Ocean. They explored the remote Cocos Islands off Australia. Their discoveries have brought to light unknown and fantastic marine species.

Australia: Researchers just discovered terrifying new species of fish

Unprecedented research

If the oceans cover more than 70% of the surface of the globe, they are still very little known in the eyes of the scientific population. Currently, only 10% of the marine fauna and flora have been identified. And we don't even know the total cartography of this submerged surface. The abyssal depths are still largely unexplored and contain impressive and disturbing creatures.

Australia: Researchers Just Discovered Terrifying New Fish Species

Recently, a group of researchers from the Museum Victoria Research Institute< /strong>decided to conduct a study around the Cocos Islands, off the coast of Australia. An unprecedented expedition to the seabed of two new Australian parks, at; the discovery of phantasmagorical animals.

A mind-blowing journey

We still have huge gaps in biodiversity. of the Australian Indian Ocean. There are many little-known marine species that have evolved. locally, and which result from the synthesis between the Pacific and Indian oceans. You should know that around the Cocos Islands, there are underwater mountains that date from the Cretaceous period, about 70 million years ago.< /strong>

After a 35-day expedition, the Museum Victoria Research Institute team mapped more 11,000 km, thanks to the ship Investigator. On November 3, the scientific team submitted its report. In particular, they identified fish still until then unknown. Dianne Bray, Director of Collections at Museum Victoria said; to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the fish discovered have great abilities.

They are capable of bioluminescence to attract prey, while hiding or camouflaging themselves in the deep sea. They often have oversized sensory organs, as well as big mouths with creepy teeth to make every meal profitable

Australia: Researchers just discovered terrifying new species of fish

Among these astonishing discoveries we can cite two eels. The first is blind and has been collected at about 5 km deep. It is covered with a transparent and gelatinous skin. The second is nicknamed the weird pelican eel. It has a small head and huge jaws. It is covered in velvety black skin and has a tail that helps it attract prey. s Batfish. They have arm-like fins, have a tiny fishing lure, and are part of the anglerfish family.

We can also mention the discovery of the Spidefish Tributewhich has long and thick lower fins on which it rests like on feet. There is also a census of lizardfish in the area. tall fins. They are deep-sea predators with a sharp-toothed jaw. They belong to; the hermaphroditic fish family since they are in possession of functional male and female reproductive tissues.

In bulk, they also discovered the existence of the Sloane viper, the Slender Snipe Eel or pancake urchins which have a skeleton that flattens out. t like a pancake when they are out of the water.

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We’ve discovered an incredible number of potentially new species living in this remote marine park.

New maps

The é scientific team has also benefited; of this expedition to produce detailed three-dimensional images of the mountain below the Cocos Islands. She had never been previously mapped. Dr. Tim O'Hara points out that:

We transmitted these new 3D maps and underwater video images directly from the ship to the inhabitants of the Cocos Islands, who were delighted to see their seascape in all its glory. all of RV Investigator's ocean depth mapping capabilities to fully survey the Cocos Islands, from coastal depths below to 1000 kilometres. 100 m to’ the abyss to about 4800 m below. 

Australia: Researchers just discovered terrifying new species of fish

The dataset now covers a significant and previously unseen area of ​​these marine parks.The CEO of Museum Victoria concluded the survey by saying that  ;:

The research results of this expedition will be invaluable to our understanding of Australia’s underwater environments and the impact that humans have on them. We are proud that our maps, data and images are used by Parks Australia to manage the new marine park in Australia. the future.