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Cthulu Fish - long nosed chimaera pup




Pacific Spookfish ( Rhinochimaera pacifica )
This species occurs in the South Pacific and off Japan , at depths 700-1300 m. It reaches 1.2 m long. This genus of deep-sea chimaeras goes under different names in different countries. In the USA it is known as a Long-nosed Chimaera while in Europe they use the common name Cyrano Chimaera, named after the fictional French character Cyrano de Bergerac, who had a very long nose. This strange cartilaginous fish uses its long snout to scan over the seafloor for the electrical impulses of its prey that bury in the muddy seafloor, just like a metal detector. Like other chimaeras (such as ghost and elephant sharks), these animals lay horny egg cases in which their young are left to develop, potentially for up to one year.

Creature Features By Mark Norman, Museum Victoria, NORFANZ Voyage.

Comments

he's cute!

I agree

I have always prefered animals with "character".
oh man, I want one!
Would have been nice to see it in its natural habitat rather than on the fishmongers...umm..scientists ...slab

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I'm not sure how visible it would be at the depths it lives. Most of what they are picking up are shades of red that pass for black in low light, I think that is why it looks scaleless and pink. They are also bringing up blind lobsters, Angler fish and other things that have internal lighting.