Scientists have discovered a rare transparent fish and a giant sea spider in the waters off the coast of Alaska.
The transparent fish is also known as the spotted snail fish and its technical name is Crystallichthys cyclospilus.
It certainly has a distinctive appearance, a translucent reddish body that allows it to easily camouflage itself in dark ocean depths that rarely see sunlight.
“I’ve been hoping to see one of these for a long time!” wrote Sarah Friedman, a fish biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Friedman and her team found fish each year during a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) survey of the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.
Her team also saw a large, orange, stilted-legged sea spider known as Kolosendey.
This creature can grow up to 20 inches and live at depths ranging from 7,200 to 13,100 feet.
The diet of sea spiders includes jellies, sea anemones and other invertebrates.
Spotted snails have other distinctive features, Friedman says, including suckers on the underside of their bodies that allow them to stick to rocks.
Source: Daily Mail