A whiptail (probably a species of Nezumia, family Macrouridae) with a parasitic copepod. The footage was taken at a depth of 1218 m, about 165 km north-north-west of Barrow Island, North West Shelf, Western Australia, 12 July 2010.
Thank you to Shane Ahyong who commented that "The paired trailing egg masses (that look like a 'V' at the start of the movie) can sometimes weigh more than the copepod itself."
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Last Updated: 31 January 2012
Cohen's Whiptail trawled east of Newcastle View full size
Photographer: Ken Graham © Ken Graham @ DPI Fisheries
A Horned Two-rod Angler and Snoutscale Whiptail View full size
Photographer: C.V. Turner © Australian Museum
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