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November 22, 2013

CANADA: strange mystery fish caught from the deep

Fishermen in northeastern Canada just off Davis Strait caught a very strange fish, a specimen that remained a mystery to them, until Doct.Nigel Hussey, a researcher of the "Ocean Tracking Network", identified the mystery fish as Rhinochimaeridae or Long-Nosed Chimaera (Harriotta raleighana).

This mystery and very little known fishes are found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide, from 660 to 6,600 ft in depth. Rhinochimaeridae  range from 2 to 4.5 ft in maximum total length.

This strange fish can grow up to 5 ft long and have a very venomous dorsal spine.

Give alook at the video taken by researchers from the "Japan Agency for Marine Science and Technology".

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