The deepest fish found in the ocean looks like a tadpole.
The snailfish was discovered in the Mariana Trench, located in the Pacific Ocean, and is about 4 inches in length.
They were collected from depths ranging from 22,000 and 26,000 feet. According to researchers, the fish is the top predator along certain stretches of the Mariana Trench.
The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the ocean, which is said to have a maximum depth of 36,000 feet.
“Snailfishes have adapted to go deeper than other fish and can live in the deep trenches,” says Thomas Linley, co-author of a study describing snailfish, according to the New Atlas. “Here they are free of predators, and the funnel shape of the trench means there’s much more food. There are lots of invertebrate prey and the snailfish are the top predator. They are active and look very well-fed.”