Reproduction in the deep sea

by Megan Piechowski, RJD Intern

Have you ever wondered how small, sparsely populated fish find each other to mate in the deep, dark ocean? Due to the unusual light organ that is found dangling over the mouth of a certain deep-sea creature it is likely one of the most well-known and recognizable fish that dwells in the deep sea (Picture 1). These fish were discovered ninety years ago and have been studied extensively due to their use of an extremely unique and successful reproduction strategy. Over sixty years ago this discovery remained unfathomable to many. The first scientist to descend into the deep abyss, William Beebe, likely faced much disbelief about these unknown organisms:

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