Researchers in California spotted a rare type of dragonfish 1,000 feet below the ocean surface. A Monterey Bay Aquarium Researchers team aboard the Western Flyer research vessel spotted the rare dragonfish. The team said the dragonfish, known as the Highfin Dragonfish (Bathophilus Flemingi), was something incredibly special to see.
“In more than three decades of deep-sea research and more than 27,600 hours of video, we’ve only seen this particular species four times!” The post reads.
The Highfin Dragonfish is just under 7 inches long. The cousins of the Highfin Dragonfish can grow up to be as big as 20 inches long. They can be found at depths ranging from about 740 feet to 4,500 feet below the ocean’s surface.