Originally Posted by Russian Blue
Wow! Thanks for sharing. I'm fascinated by this discovery.
I find it sad that fisherman have found them dead in their nets. I'm really tired of the way some marine species have to die because of the nets (or fishing practices )used.
I just finished watching Sharkwater. Since sharks seem to now be the threatened species (similar to this new discovery), I would recommend this film to anyone interested
I agree a lot of things get caught in nets that shouldn't be, but this is a deep sea creature that most likely came to the service because it was dying. When I was in living in Guam, local fishermen caught something similar (can't find the article but it was in Pacific News Daily) and from what the marine lab said that species lived in complete darkness miles below sea level and since their nets only go down a hundred feet or so it was definitely out of it's habitat and most likely came up because it was dying anyway.
I don't know how far down commercial fish nets go, but I doubt it is measured in miles.
I would LOVE to watch Sharkwatcher! I love sharks, and have dove with them (the reef sharks, not the great whites) and most of them are so shy it was a treat to actually see one! There were a few species that, if they were spotted, we were called back up on the boat. Tiger sharks and bull sharks you don't mess with, you just get out of their territory.