Movie: Whiptail with parasite

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.

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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."

With support from Chevron Australia Pty Ltd and the Joint Venturers - Shell Development (Australia) Pty Ltd, Mobil Australia Resources Company Pty Ltd and BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Whiptail, Rattail, Macrouridae, copepod, parasite,