A Fish with NO FACE was Pulled Up From the Abyss!

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Here’s something BIZARRE… Deep-sea scientists have pulled up a FISH WITH NO FACE off the coast of Australia!

Apparently the fish, which has been named a Faceless Cusk, doesn’t need eyes because it lives in the deep dark depths of the ocean.

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The Investigator, an Australian research vessel, has been trawling east of Australia’s Jervis Bay, New South Wales and found this weird-looking fish about two and a half miles down.

It’s not, however, the first time the Typhlonus nasus has been pulled up. In 1874, the HMS Challenger, discovered the weird-looking fish and drew this image of it. 

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One of the Investigator scientists on the trip recently blogged this:

We’ve had a few challenges surveying this abyssal plain off eastern Australia. It’s no easy task working at great depths, and at times we’ve come up against an angry seafloor with huge boulders and canyons. Deploying and retrieving our collecting gear from 4000 metres is a skillful operation that takes five to six hours and involves paying out more than seven kilometres of wire. So just imagine the effort it must have taken for the Challenger’s crew to trawl down to 6000 m depths using piano wire, without our high-tech winches and computers!

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YIKES!

via Mental Floss

1st photo by John Pogonoski, CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection, drawn image via Günther (1887) Rept Sci. Res. HMS Challenger 22(57): Pl. 25. License: Public Domain, 3rd photo by Dianne J. Bray / Museum Victoria. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

  • Helen Gircko

    Oh, what a magnificent mask for Halloween it will turn out if we take this “face” as a sample!
    Of course, why do fish need eyes, if she have nothing to look at? But, probably, something else compensates for the lack of eyes …. an absolute ear for music maybe… given that this fish was caught with the help of PIANO wire. Thank you, Pee-wee, this is a magnificent creature!