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A new species of fish has been discovered deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Described as spiky, snaggle-toothed, the fish was discovered by scientists, Tracey Sutton of Nova Southeastern University and Theodore Pietsch from University of Washington while studying sea life at extreme ocean depths in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The species of anglerfish was discovered in water between 3,300 and 4,900 feet.

The new species, less than 4 inches long, uses a lure mounted on its head to attract prey.

Sutton said the discovery of the new species shows how little we know about life in the deep ocean. The surveyed area around the spill site was about the size of West Virginia.

Source: David Fleshler, Sun Sentinel
Image: Sun-Sentinel.com

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