Movie: 'Floating' Snailfish

A 'floating' snailfish (family Liparidae) filmed by an ROV at a depth of about 1160 m, 195 km north-west of Barrow Island, North West Shelf, Western Australia, 20 January 2010.

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Dr David Stein of Oregon State University stated, "I looked at the video, and I would say it's 90% certain it's a snailfish. The curling behavior has been seen before in snailfishes, although I would say it occurs most commonly in zoarcids, but this fish doesn't look like a pelagic zoarcid (e.g., Melanostigma or Lycodapus)."

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