Space may be the final frontier, but let's not forget that there's another dark mystery lurking right here on our own planet — the ocean.
Scientists from 40 countries around the world have teamed up and discovered three new species of fish from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, ones that are almost nothing like most of the fish we know. For one thing, they have no scales.
These odd little creatures have been dubbed the pink, blue, and purple snailfish, after their pastel colors, and they're so new that researchers haven't even come up with a proper scientific name for them yet, Popular Mechanics reported.
Their squishy, translucent bodies are very well-suited to deep oceans, where the extreme water pressure and cold temperatures keep their forms more or less in line, USA Today explained. But closer to the surface, without that support, "they are extremely fragile and melt rapidly," said one of the researchers, Thomas Linley. The strongest bones in their bodies are their teeth, which makes them the perfect predator for the invertebrate species that populate the ocean floor.
Read more about these strange new species at Popular Mechanics, or take a look for yourself below. Shivani Ishwar