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Her name is Harriotta, and she exemplifies the wonders of the ocean deep

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 19, 2013 10:00 AM
This is a Rhinochimera (a long snout chimera) of the genus Harriotta. This amazing deepwater fish is rarely photographed, let alone filmed. At the great depths of Hydrographer Canyon in the northern Atlantic, explorers on the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer captured footage of one of the most elegant and exotic creatures on Earth.

Chimeras are cartilaginous fish (like sharks and rays) and one of the oldest groups of extant fish.  Some species inhabit shallow tropical waters while others, like the fish NOAA recorded, are found in the darkness of five hundred feet of water.  Watching this Harriotta sp. swim is poetry in motion.  Read more about NOAA's exploration of the deep-sea Atlantic canyons this past July.

And no, you can't have one for your aquarium.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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