Rare Albino Ratfish that has an eerie, silvery sheen, was recently caught near Puget Sound in Washington State.
Professor Joe Nelson
shows off one of his many samples in the University of Alberta's fish museum.
An Unknown Shark
was recently collected at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii. This creature, dubbed the "micro-shark," might be one of only three known specimens of a deep-water cat-shark.
A ghostly, mutant ratfish caught off Whidbey Island in Washington State
is the only completely albino fish ever seen by both the curator of the University of Washington's 7.2 million-specimen
fish collection and a fish and wildlife biologist with more than 20 years of sampling fish in Puget Sound. "Ratfish
usually hang out in places with soft, muddy bottoms," says Jon Reum, the aquatic and fishery sciences doctoral student
who found the albino ratfish during a UW research project. "The typical ratfish in Puget Sound is brown or black with a
smattering of white spots so it blends in with the sediments." This fish was almost pure white with a crystalline layer
near the surface of its skin that gave it a silvery sheen. Click
Researchers have found a fish near Pittsburgh that has never before been found in Pennsylvania. The fish
is called a "river darter." It was found in the Ohio River, about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh. Penn State University
researchers found about 20 of the river darters while surveying. "I didn't know immediately what we had, but I know and
have collected every species of fish in Pennsylvania and knew it was something new," said Tim Stecko, a researcher who
hopes to publish information about the finding later this year. The river darter is a bug-eyed fish with an
olive-colored back, two dorsal fins and fanlike pectoral fins. It measures about three-inches long and is not brightly
colored like many other darter species. Researchers said the fish may have never been found before because nets that hug
the bottom of the river are not commonly used in the state. Click
Professor Joe Nelson walks into a University of Alberta room and is greeted by glassy eyes
and gaping mouths. He's not in a first-year biology class. He's in the university's fish museum. This curious, locked
room on the 11th floor of the biological sciences building holds hundreds of glass jars. Each is filled with a clear or
amber-tinted liquid and the pale, ghostly carcasses of fish. Click
Click here to see a slide show of the fish museum.
A small shark-like creature with a flat head and green eyes is the latest denizen of the
deep sucked up to the surface at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii on the Big Island. The newest creature was
dubbed a "microshark" by Jan War, operations manager at the natural energy lab. Scientists tentatively identified it as
a deep-water catshark and said only two other specimens are known to exist. Christopher Kelley, a biologist at the
Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, said it could also be a new species. "This is a very exciting catch," he said in an
e-mail. Click here
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