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Super rare lancetfish found out of its depth on New Plymouth shore

CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ

A rare Longsnouted lancetfish has been found just offshore at Fitzroy beach in New Plymouth.

The lancetfish is no Finding Nemo but one has been found a long way from home.

A lancetfish – usually found around 1000 metres deep – has been found just offshore at Fitzroy beach in New Plymouth.

Nik Pyselman was running with his friend Cam Twigley along Fitzroy beach on Wednesday evening when he saw an iridescent blue shape in the water.

“It looked like it had been washed in and was struggling to swim back out to sea,” he said.

“I’ve heard of people catching them on long lines but I’ve never seen one myself.”

“I’ve also heard them called cannibal fish before because they eat their own kind.”

Pyselman took the fish to Keith Mawson of Egmont Seafoods who was able to identify the species as a longsnout lancetfish.

 

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