Japan Team Films Fish at Lowest-Ever Depth (News)
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Tokyo, Aug. 24 (Jiji Press)–A Japan government-affiliated institution said Thursday it has filmed a snailfish in the Mariana Trench at a depth of 8,178 meters, a record depth for capturing a fish in video footage.

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, or JAMSTEC, said the filming was jointly carried out with Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), the country’s public broadcaster, on May 18.

The video was taken with 4K ultrahigh-resolution cameras mounted on an unmanned hadal-lander of JAMSTEC’s Kairei deep-sea research vessel.

In April, the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced that it had filmed a fish at a depth of 8,152 meters in the same trench, near Guam. “We’ve set a world record for filming a fish at an accurately measured depth,” JAMSTEC Senior Research Scientist Oguri Kazumasa said.

“We hope we can shed more light on the deep-sea ecology and the depth limit for fish to inhabit,” Oguri said.

A photo of a snailfish (center) in the Mariana Trench at a depth of 8,178 meters, taken on May 18, 2017. To the left are shrimp-like amphipods surrounding the mackerel used as bait. Photograph courtesy of Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and NHK. (© Jiji)

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