Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Extremely rare albino ratfish discovered near Whidbey Island, Washington

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University of Washington Scientists have discovered an albino ratfishduring a marine survey last summer near Whidbey Island, Washington. The foot-long female is almost pure white, with pale green eyes, and has a crystalline layer near the surface of its skin that give it a silvery sheen. The extremely rare fish was estimated to be 2 or 3 years old, and has now been added to the University's fish collection. Chimaeras or ratfish are cartilaginous fish in the order Chimaeriformes. The pretty ugly fish is usually brown or black with white spots (below).




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