Well, it turns out this is an older article than I realized. That does not make it any less interesting, of course. But since the piece is five years old, a disclaimer seemed to be in order.
Previously, it was thought that fish hatched and grew to adulthood in coastal estuaries. The discovery of many fish larvae in the calderas of an extinct, underwater volcanic range changed that belief. We now know that there are some types of fish that hatch and grow in the darker parts of the ocean.
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Newly discovered underwater volcanic range is teeming with bizarre, tiny fanged fish
CSIRO research team was conducting surveys off Australian coast.
July 24, 2015, 4:48 p.m.
While on a recent mission to map the sea floor in their new ocean explorer, RV Investigator, researchers with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) made a startling discovery just off the coast from Sydney, Australia: An extinct volcanic range teeming with nightmarish fish, reports CSIRO News.
One of the fish found lurking in this undersea range is the creature pictured above, a tiny, jet black, fanged, scaleless creature. Chief scientist for the voyage, UNSW marine biologist professor Iain Suthers, said he was amazed by how many of these little creatures could be found so far out to sea. The discovery could change how researchers study juvenile fish.
“We had thought fish only developed in coastal estuaries, and that once larvae were swept out to sea, that was end of them,” explained Suthers. “But in fact, these eddies are nursery grounds for commercial fisheries along the east coast of Australia.”