Lasiognathus new species of anglerfish

A new species of anglerfish with curled lip and toothy smile, was discovered in the northern Gulf of Mexico at a depth of 5,000 feet.

Image credit Theodore Pietsch, University of Washington

The new fish placed in the genus Lasiognathus, was discovered by a scientific expedition investigating the impact of oil spills on deep sea life.

Biologist Tracey Sutton of Nova Southeastern University said in a press release:

“As a researcher, the one thing I know is that there’s so much more we can learn about our oceans. Every time we go out on a deep-sea research excursion there’s a good chance we’ll see something we’ve never seen before — the life at these depths is really amazing.”

via Discovery News