"New" Fish Discovered Off Brazil's Coast
A new species of fish was discovered off Brazil's Coast. Guy Marcovaldi working for TAMAR project which involves conservation of sea turtles, took the first images of the strange fish.
"The fish is over 6 feet long, with a long tail was found floating in the sea by researchers from the TAMAR Project, a sea turtle conservation project." National Geographic Society
It was observed already dead and floating at the water's surface. The scientists took it aboard and have preserved it. It will be kept at the Federal University of Bahia.
Update: New information posted by the National Geographic corrects the previous assertion that the weird fish is a new species.
"But fish experts looking at video footage of the bizarre fish have identified it as a member of Ateleopodidae, a little-understood group of deep-sea fish known to science since the 1840s.
"As soon as I saw it, I knew what it was," said Dave Johnson, an ichthyologist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C." National Geographic Society