scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Friday, August 19, 2022

Rare ‘walking fish’ spotted in Australia after 22 years

The fish has been spotted only four times since its discovery. It derives its name from the little hand like structure that it uses to walk on the sea bed.

Walking fish, Australia, Social Media Viral, Indian ExpressIt was assumed that the pink handfish lives in shallow waters but this time it was found at the depth of 150 meters. (Source: CSIRO/Twitter)

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the national science agency of Australia, announced that it spotted a rare pink handfish after 22 years near the Tasmanian coast. It was last seen in 1999.

The fish derives its name from the little hand like structure that it uses to walk on the sea bed. Since this aquatic creature, which is a part of the anglerfish family, was hardly seen, the scientists thought that its survival is at risk. Subsequently, they classified it in the endangered category.

In February, the Australian marine researchers used an underwater camera inside the seabed of the Tasman Fracture Marine Park and when they went through its footage later this year, they spotter the pink handfish much to their delight. The Taman Fracture Marine Park is known for a deep fracture inside the earth’s crust that allows scientists to explore marine life to the depths of 4,000 meters.

Subscriber Only Stories
Explained: Manish Sisodia raided by CBI, what is the alleged scam in Delh...Premium
Delhi Confidential: Rajeev Chandrasekhar takes a break from work for a sp...Premium
Hamid Karzai: ‘After Taliban takeover, I told Indian envoy not to l...Premium
Experts Explain: An India Blockchain PlatformPremium

What was interesting is that it was assumed that the pink handfish lives in shallow waters but this time it was found at the depth of 150 meters, which surprised the researchers.

First published on: 24-12-2021 at 05:50:27 pm
Next Story

TSA officer saves baby, people call it a ‘Christmas miracle’

Featured Stories

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement