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'Faceless' fish missing for more than a century rediscovered by Australian scientists
Expedition leader says the deep-sea fish had not been seen in waters off Australia since 1873
By Elle Hunt

A “faceless” deep-sea fish not seen for more than a century has been rediscovered by scientists trawling the depths of a massive abyss off Australia’s east coast, along with “amazing” quantities of rubbish.

The 40cm fish was rediscovered 4km below sea level in waters south of Sydney by scientists from Museums Victoria and the Australian government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on the weekend.

Dr Tim O’Hara, the chief scientist and expedition leader, who is a senior curator of marine invertebrates at Museums Victoria, said it was the first time the fish had been seen in waters off Australia since 1873, when one was dredged up by a British ship near Papua New Guinea.

“This little fish looks amazing because the mouth is actually situated at the bottom of the animal so, when you look side-on, you can’t see any eyes, you can’t see any nose or gills or mouth,” O’Hara said via satellite phone from the research vessel Investigator on Wednesday. “It looks like two rear-ends on a fish, really.”

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The Gippsland Lakes in Australia is a beautiful example of bioluminescence.   Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle, is the non-parasitic, marine-dwelling dinoflagellate that exhibits the bioluminescence throughout its cytoplasm when disturbed.


The fallen city of  the dead

lost in the pages of history

Does it still breathe

underneath the sea

remains an intriguing mystery

‘Cause one wished for more

so they sat out to the shore

some kind of feeling

yes, quite intriguing

and humanity became sore

Ignorance followed in years

then men corrupted

in the age of tools

they fell in reverse 

and the city self destructed


Blinded by power

their ethics declined

Sank in the

muddy sea

the land of the divine

The great land of shrewd men

that could have risen to glory

Consumed by


it’s fate became an allegory


 Victoria Udnæs @mycosmicbackyard : 2nd and 3rd verses

Shikha Singh @sonador-reveur  : 1st, 4th and 5th verses