First footage of ‘Ghost fish’ filmed in Marianas Trench

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 NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas. NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

This weird, transparent fish with eyes lacking any pigment was a remarkable find during an expedition by the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.


It was discovered at a depth of 2,500m during an exploration of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.

The 10cm/4in long fish is a member of the family Aphyonidae — and according to experts from NOAA this is the first time that any member of this family has been seen alive.  

Watch the video.