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New Anglerfish Identified After Oil Spill
By Joseph Tepper, November 27, 2015 @ 03:32 PM (EST)
Source: Scientific American

There aren’t many positive takeaways when it comes to massive oil spills, like the one that occurred at the Deepwater Horizon in 2010. But if there is a silver lining, it is that all of the work done to assess the spill often reveals new species—like this scary anglerfish.

While conducting an environmental impact , the NOAA captured three specimens, which were only recently named in a report. One of the subjects is just an inch in length, but features a mean looking lure fitted with sharp spines and hooks.

These anglerfish reside as deep as 10,000 feet, though, so you’re unlikely to encounter one on your next dive. The authors note that this section of the ocean is arguably “most chronically under-sampled environment on Earth.”

More on this discovery in the blog of Scientific American.




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