Scientists discover a strange fish “with hands” in a “needle in a haystack” find.


Scientists discover a strange fish with hands in a ‘needle in a haystack’ discovery.

According to researchers at the University of Tasmania, a pink handfish has been discovered in Australia after an absence of more than two decades. The sighting is extremely rare.

In a rare discovery of the subspecies, scientists have discovered a strange fish that walks along the ocean floor with its “little hands.”

The discovery of the pink handish (Brachiopsilus dianthus) on a baited underwater camera deep beneath the Tasman Fracture Marine Park left researchers ecstatic.

The elusive handfish hasn’t been seen in more than two decades, with the most recent sighting in 1999 off the coast of Tasmania, Australia.

After only four previous sightings, the strange creature, thought to live in the shallows, was declared critically endangered.

The “needle in the haystack” discovery was made in February of last year, and scientists said the sighting gave them renewed hope that the subspecies would survive.

“The biggest surprise was finding a pink handfish in the park at a depth of around 120 meters,” said Neville Barrett, a marine biologist who teaches at the University of Tasmania.

“The species had only been recorded four times before this sighting, and it was listed as a rare species under Tasmania’s Threatened Species Act.”

“This is an exciting discovery that gives pink handfish hope for the future, as they clearly have a larger habitat and distribution than previously thought.”

Before being disturbed by a rock lobster, the creature was seen walking across the floor with its hand-like fins.

After watching the footage, Ashlee Bastiaansen, another University of Tasmania student, was taken aback by the creature’s fins.

“I was watching one of our rough videos and there was a little fish that popped up on this reef ledge that looked a little odd,” she told ABC.

The handfish is an endemic species in the area, according to Jason Mundy of Parks Australia.

“Collaboration is the key to surveying this extraordinary marine park,” Mr Mundy, who works for the government agency that manages the country’s national parks, said.

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“Its underwater canyons and mountains are home to a remarkable diversity and abundance of marine life, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.”

The news is summarized on Brinkwire.


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