Posted by Ryan Morrill: Scientists have recently discovered a new species of fish and crustacean in a deep water trench almost 23,000 feet deep. A team effort of marine biologists from Scotland, New Zealand, and Japan used deep-sea imaging technologies to take thousands of photos at depths between 4500 m and 8000 m in the Peru – Chile trench below the South East Pacific. Previously thought to be void of fish, the scientists found diverse and abundant animals including a new species of snailfish. Another new find was the large shrimp-like eurythene, a type of arthropod. The cameras also caught a 22 hour feeding frenzy of cusk-eels (ophidiids), but it is unknown at this time if these are also a new species of eel. This expedition is a result of other deep trench discoveries near Japan and New Zealand. It was the scientific hypothesis that each trench hosts its own unique species of fish. This 3 week research trip has found life at even greater depths than was expected.