Tomogram of a Mariana slug with the remains of his last lunch
A new study of the biosphere of the deepest depression on the planet has brought a discovery - scientists have found another candidate for the status of the deepest creature. He was christened Pseudoliparis swirei and attributed to sea slugs or lipar. This fish looks like a very strange tadpole, and for good reason.
The maximum depth of the Mariana Trench reaches 11000 m, and a new slug fish was found at depths of 8000 and 8170 m.For the first time it was caught back in 2014, but only so far enough catch has been accumulated to officially announce the discovery. 37 individuals were sacrificed to science, which were literally disassembled into pieces - numerous studies were carried out, including DNA analysis and computed tomography.
Surprisingly, the Pseudoliparis swirei fish living in a harsh environment under tremendous pressure looks too flimsy and plump. Not an armored monster, not a translucent monster, but an overgrown tadpole - as marine biologists explain, there are no predators at this depth and nothing threatens it. She is at the top of her food chain and feels at ease, all the specimens caught were quite plump by the standards of the ocean.
Pseudoliparis swirei are perfectly adapted for life in the Mariana Trench. This geological formation has the shape of a funnel, so drowning carrion accumulates in one place. There invertebrates feast on it, and the slug devours them. He doesn't even need scales for protection, this is the king of the depths! Only small and attached to his kingdom, since more such fish were not found anywhere else.