You might have read that scientists have found the deepest known living fish. But that’s not it…not really. Well, yeah, it’s important, but what really matters is what it looks like. Here’s the Schmidt Ocean Institute video on YouTube…there are angels in the deep. Pale, blind angels…who, at a water depth of over 8 km, are living under a pressure of about 6 tons per square inch.
Here’s the SOI blurb that accompanies this video:
Published on Dec 17, 2014
Video of a newly discovered species is now the world’s deepest known fish recorded at 8,143 m depth. The fish has a novel body form that has not been seen before. It stunned scientists because in other trenches, there is only one fish species at this depth–a snailfish; this fish is really different from any other deep-sea fish that scientists have ever seen.
Here is Lord Alfred Tennyson, who was wrong, as it turns out.
Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His antient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber’d and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
All the time…it was pale, blind angels. Huh.
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