Scientists discover three new sea creatures in depths of the Pacific Ocean

Snailfish

The latest expedition to the Atacama Trench has captured the rare footage of these elusive snailfish species.

A community of 40 scientists from 17 totally different countries teamed up to search the freezing, pitch-dim residing, the utilization of cameras and other equipment.

These odd little creatures have been dubbed the pink, blue, and purple snailfish, after their pastel colors, and they're so new that researchers haven't even come up with a proper scientific name for them yet, Popular Mechanics reported.

"These fish are part of the Liparidae family and do not conform to the preconceived stereotypical image of what a deep-sea fish should look like", said a representative from England's Newcastle University, which participated in the expedition, in a statement on Monday. These fish have been found living at depths of 7,500 meters (24,000 feet) below the surface and provide new insight about what kind of life thrives in the deepest, darkest regions of the ocean.

Appearing active and "very well-fed", these snailfish are probably at the top of the local food chain-predator to other invertebrate prey.

The team tried to catch one of these fishes using an amphipod prey that one snailfish followed into one of the traps. These cute snailfish have small, smooth translucent bodies.

Linley added, "Their gelatinous structure means they are perfectly adapted to living at extreme pressure".

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The lander is basically an innovative trap equipped with lure, screens and submerged cameras - would take four hours to fall the distance to the base of the sea, nearly five miles somewhere down in a few regions of the Atacama Trench, off the shoreline of Peru and Chile.

"There is something about the snailfish that allows them to adapt to living very deep".

Located off the coasts of Peru and Chile, the 3,700-mile long (6,000 km) Atacama Trench bottoms out at 26,460 feet (8,065 metres). Apart from snailfish, they also found various freakish creatures in the environment such as long-legged isopods or Munnopsids.

They created what they call a "lander", a device which can drop to the extreme depths of the deepest ocean trenches and take high-definition video and still pictures, and also capture sea life with baited traps. The creatures can swim backwards and upside down, have long legs like a spider, and paddles to help them swim.

The research will be discussed at the 2018 Challenger Conference which kicks off at the university this week.

"We don't know what species of munnopsid these are but it's incredible to have caught them in action in their natural habitat-especially the flip they do as they switch from swimming to walking mode", said Dr. Linley.

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