We're introducing an animal scientists know little about: the Opal chimaera (Chimaera opalescens).
Now, we'll be upfront: we don't have much on them. You can observe them in the Northeast Atlantic around the British Isles and France. Noted to frequent depths of 900 - 1,400 metres, their are evenly colored and have an iridescent sheen. Adults tend to be beige in colour and bronze in juveniles. Their fins are a brown or purple colour, they have dark black eyes, and a long dorsal spine equal or shorter than their first dorsal fin. The IUCN has not assessed these animals.
EVER HEARD OF THIS chimaera?
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