Deepest Fish Ever Seen on Camera Glimpsed Off Coast of Japan

The deepest documented fish ever captured on video was a snailfish that was swimming 8,336 meters below sea level near Japan. 

According to BBC News, the previous record-holder for the deepest fish was discovered 8,178 meters below the surface of the Mariana Trench. According to the BBC, scientists captured snailfish that they believed to be at or "very close to" the utmost depth at which any fish can live after deploying an autonomous "lander" camera near Japan. Prof. Alan Jamieson, a deep-sea scientist at the University of Western Australia, informed the source that if the mark were to be broken, it might only be by a few meters. 

According to the BBC, the snailfish was a young member of the Pseudoliparis species, but experts were unable to obtain a specimen to completely identify the species. Instead, the researchers captured several Pseudoliparis belyaevi fish a little higher up in the ocean at 8,022 meters, breaking the previous mark for the deepest fish ever taken. 

The Mariana snailfish, which had been known to scientists since 2014, was revealed to be the prior deepest fish ever found in the Mariana Trench, according to a story from Insider at the time. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, snailfish are found in the hadal zone, the lowest region of the ocean, where no light can reach depths of 6,000 to 11,000 meters. 

According to the BBC, Jamieson hypothesized that the fish's ability to endure greater depths than those discovered in the Mariana Trench was a result of the slightly milder waters of the Izu-Ogasawara. 

According to the source, Jamieson stated, "We predicted the deepest fish would be there and we predicted it would be a snailfish." "I find it annoying when individuals claim that we don't know anything about the deep water. We do. Things are evolving quickly.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.