A 16-inch faceless fish, Typhlonus nasus, which researchers are calling a Faceless Cusk has been found in a 2.5 mile deep abyss off the eastern side of Australia in the Commonwealth marine reserves from northern Tasmania to central Queensland. Along with the faceless cusk, scientists have found everything from "tripod fish" to dinner plate-sized sea spiders.
"It's got eyes at under the surface but really you can't see any eyes," Di Bray said. "It looks like two rear-ends on a fish, really," add O'Hara, who explains the creature lives in an unforgiving environment of "crushing pressures," no light, and temps around 34 degrees Fahrenheit.
A similar faceless fish had been previously caught by the HMS Challenger off of Papua New Guinea in 1874 and 5 were caught in a trawl in deep water off East Kalimantan, Borneo in 1951.