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Scientists land deepest fish ever caught off Australia coast

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Scientists have landed the deepest fish ever caught off the coast of Australia, from 6.5 kilometres underwater.

Incredible footage shows the two new unnamed species of snailfish swimming around a yabby trap, which was bought from a Perth tackle shop and tied to a $100,000 piece of scientific monitoring equipment resistant to extreme pressure.

Researchers from the Minderoo-University of Western Australia Deep-Sea Research Centre used a boat to explore the bottom of the Diamantina Fracture Zone in the south-eastern Indian Ocean, an area of ridges and trenches which get as deep as 7100 metres, off Western Australia.

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