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The Amazonian hatchetfish can flap its pectoral muscles like wings and fly for short distances.
Scientists from the Queensland Brain Institute also got pictures of the bizarre hatchetfish and the creepy viperfish, which has a set of long, needle-like teeth and a light it uses to attract prey.
Students travelled to the garbage patch to take samples, and found bits of plastic in the digestive systems of small fish such as lanternfish and hatchetfish.
The lantern fish, bristlemouths, hatchetfish, and crustaceans of the DSL are believed to account for 80 percent of all the biomass in the mesopelagic zone, with lantern fish alone making up some 660 million tons of living fish-perhaps the greatest distribution, population, and species diversity of all ocean fish on the planet.
DSL species like hatchetfish have light-emitting organs.
The scientists told the nonprofit online news site that about 5-10 percent of the fish they studied -- "mainly small swimmers common in the deep ocean, like lanternfish and hatchetfish" had consumed the tiny plastic particles.
(buoyancy floats) of the fish inhabiting the dark realm of the DSL-primarily lantern fish, bristlemouths, and hatchetfish.
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