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Her kids! Squirt here with some interesting updates from the scientists! This is the first DEEPEND cruise the scientists actually catch some of these fish! I'm so excited to see what they have to show us!
Here we have a Threadfin Dragonfish! It was pulled from between 1,200 and 1,500 meters in depth!
Look at the barbel on its chin and those photophores. Those teeth can't be missed either! These fish use those teeth to be able to capture their prey properly!
Here we have a Duckbill Oceanic Eel! These eels have an incredible rostrum, or beaklike mouth, that probably evolved to feed on crustaceans. This eel was trawled from between 1,200 and 1,500 meters in depth.
Can you guess how it gets its name? What does the shape of its mouth remind you of?
It looks almost like a duck to me!
Last, but not least, scientist pulled up the undistinguished Sabertooth. The enormous teeth on this fish help make sure they capture their prey. These fish feed on other fish! This one was an interesting catch because it was trawled between the surface of the water and 200 meters in depth! Of course, it was caught at night!
I can't wait to see what other fish the scientist have to introduce!
Until next time!
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Larval eels (leptocephali) don't look much like the eels that into which they will transform. DEEPEND is busy cataloguing all of the larval eels we encounter during our cruises.
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