Deep-Sea Dive Yields Unusual Catch for Australian Researchers

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

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