Neither its name nor its appearance would make you think this creature is hardcore. But don’t be fooled: the Snailfish is a born survivor, breaking records for its deep sea lifestyle.
Until recently, scientists believed that conditions below 8,200 metres were too extreme for fish to survive. However, Australian and Japanese researchers discovered a snailfish at a record-shattering 8,336 metres in the Izu-Ogasawara Trench, south of Japan. To the Reddit user who asked, that’s 641,231 bananas deep.
For such a deep-sea dweller, the snailfish looks pretty normal, too. Pectoral fins are the snailfish’s primary means of locomotion, but they’re super delicate. In some species such as the antarctic Paraliparis devriesi, the pectoral fins have an expanded somatosensory system, including a taste bud.