what is this fish

marylou lens mlens at sfsu.edu
Wed Apr 28 16:12:52 EST 1999


The deep sea creatures being recently discovered in the last twenty 
or so years have always been fascinating to me. on a research cruise a 
few months back we had the opportunity to examine a net full of deep sea 
fish. This was off the coast of Monterey, point sur specifically. The 
net went down a couple of thousand feet and came back with many animals 
but in particular a very interesting looking fish. This fish was 
probably five to six inches long and black. He had no prominent fins and 
almost smooth skin. Starting from his large eye and traveling down the 
side of the body were spots about the size of a quarter that were 
irredescent blue, catching the light as some bird feathers and butterfly 
wings do. I never caught the name of this fish and I was wondering if 
anyone knew anything about this. I understand this is a pretty vague 
description but suggestions could help with further research.We took 
some photos but I never saw them later. 
	Also, I was wondering if anyone had any information about the beautiful 
vampire squid. Any new information about why it behaves in such a way as 
twisting and turning inside out would be helpful. Thanks,
                                                      Marylou




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