Some U.S. ocean researchers, while on a mission to understand something about the rising sea levels, encountered something they didn’t expect. The scientists discovered a rare type of fish that subsisted in a place that normally does not support life. At first it was one translucent fish, and then a community, leading the scientists to conclude that the first encounter was not a chance.
The scientists were working on a project known as WISSARD, by Northern Illinois University. They used remote-controlled robot mounted with cameras to undertake their study in the deeps of the ocean. There down, some 2,500 feet below the surface of Antarctica, they discovered the translucent tiny fish. The fish survived in an area surrounded by ice on all sides, another case of a living organism defying the odds.
According to glacial geologist at Northern Illinois University, Ross Powell, the discovering is surprising. The fish was found in the pockets that usually have very little food and do not support much life. The place is desolate.
In the robot mission to the desolate pockets of the ocean, the scientists sought to understand the convergence of the ocean, ice and the earth. Such knowledge is important in understanding issues of global warming. It was recently revealed that 2014 was the hottest year on record. Experts have often cited that increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere was causing global warming.
Frilled shark in Australia
The discovery of the rare fish by the U.S. scientists comes just a few days after fishermen in Australia caught on a frilled shark, a scary type of species. The shark was caught on the Australia coast, but far away from where experts said they normally live.
The frilled shark was surrendered to a museum in Australia. It was said to have 300 teeth occupying 25 rows in the mouth. The shark measured nearly six feet long, and experts said the frilled shark bends the body to catches its prey, much the same way like a snake.