Mysterious new deep-sea apex predator discovered in dark depths of Japan’s Suruga Bay

Date: January 29, 2021

Source: The Mainichi

A new species of deep-sea fish measuring over a meter long has been discovered in Japan’s deepest bay by a research team led by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).

The fish is thought to be an apex predator in the ecosystem of Suruga Bay of Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo. The research team included the word “yokozuna” — professional sumo’s top rank — in the fish’s Japanese name as it is thought to be the largest member of the slickhead family, which usually grow to about 30 centimeters in length. The fish was given the scientific name “Narcetes shonanmaruae.”

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