Three new species of fish discovered in Pacific

Last Updated: Sep 14 2018 16:28

PACIFIC- A team of 40 scientists has discovered three new species of fish in Atacama Trench, nearly 4 miles below the surface of Pacific Ocean.

Newcastle University carried an expedition with scientists from 17 countries to the trench.

The three new species have been temporarily named 'pink, blue and purple Atacama Snailfish'. 

Dr Thomas Linley, from Newcastle University, said, "Their gelatinous structure means they are perfectly adapted to living at extreme pressure and in fact, the hardest structures in their bodies are the bones in their inner ear which give them balance and their teeth. Without the extreme pressure and cold to support their bodies they are extremely fragile and melt rapidly when brought to the surface."

The scientist brought back one sample of the fish with them and have preserved it for further studies.