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Japanese researchers said they photographed a 2.5-meter-long yokozuna sardine underwater at a depth of 2,000 meters in Suruga Bay, Shizuoka Prefecture, making it the largest known deep-sea bony fish in the world.

The world's largest deep-sea bony fish

Scientists believe that this fish, which has only been found in Suruga Bay so far, is a “top predator” that is usually at the top of the food chain. Scientists say top predators are generally the most affected by the Earth’s environment and may disrupt local food chains and cause devastating damage to the entire ecosystem. In addition, there may be other giant unknown deep-sea fish variants inhabiting the local area, and scientists are studying this.

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