A world record was just set in near complete darkness, more than 9,800 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. It took a little coaxing, but with some mackerel and a strategically placed floodlight, scientists were able to capture video of the most fish ever recorded in one shot.
In this case, it was a writing mass of 115 Ilyophis arx, cutthroat eels.
“Our observations truly surprised us,” said Astrid Leitner, a biological oceanographer and lead author on the study, who conducted this work as graduate researcher in the UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). “We had never seen reports of such high numbers of fishes in the sparsely-populated, food-limited deep-sea.”
The researchers captured the footage on a seamount in the … Read the rest