A deep-sea expedition has yielded the deepest-ever catch of fish off the coast of Australia for a team of researchers from the Minderoo-University of Western Australia.
In an email to Storyful, researchers from the Minderoo-UWA Deep-Sea Research Centre said the fish were caught at a depth of 6,177 meters in the Diamantina Fracture Zone on March 24.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the deepest level a live fish has ever been caught was at 7,966 meters in the Marian Trench in 2014.
Researchers told the Sydney Morning Herald they used a AU$30 trap attached to a AU$100,000 research vehicle to capture two types of snailfish which could be new to science.
Footage from the Minderoo-UWA team shows several cusk eels attracted by their bait, with the smaller, blueish snailfish then coming into view. Credit: Minderoo-UWA Deep-Sea Research Centre via Storyful