Deepest fish [Observed]
Last updated: January 3, 2018 at 2:06 am
During his record dive aboard the bathyscaphe Trieste on January 23, 1960, Jacques Piccard reported seeing a fish on the sea floor at the deepest known spot in the world, the Challenger Deep, 10,916 m (35,814 ft).
“Lying on the bottom just beneath us was some type of flatfish, resembling a sole, about 30 cm (1 ft) long and 15 cm (6 in.) across. Even as I saw him, his two round eyes on top of his head… here apparently, was a true, bony teleost fish, not a primitive ray or elasmobranch… slowly, this flatfish swam away.” — From: Seven Miles Down: The Story of the Bathyscaphe Trieste (1961) by J. Piccard and R. S. Dietz. pp. 172-174. Published by the Putnam, New York.
The deepest point of the Challenger Deep is deeper than the depth reached by the bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960.
Seven Miles Down: The Story of the Bathyscaphe Trieste (1961) by J. Piccard and R. S. Dietz. pp. 172-174. Published by the Putnam, New York.
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