Researchers from the Australian Museum, Sydney; the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the University of Tokyo and the Natural History Museum, Chiba, Japan believe they have solved the puzzle of three seemingly different fish. One fish is all males, another all female and the third all juveniles. The missing link – they’re all the same fish, and they change as they mature.
The fish live in deep water thousands of feet below the surface pretty much by themselves, which makes me wonder, why do we care about what fish are doing there and how much money is wasted trying to find out. But, that’s another issue.
The cetomimidae is a type of whalefish and it’s presence has been known about since the 19th century, but only the female type.
Although their skeletons indicated the three were related, there were so many differences no one could believe they were the same fish. The researchers linked the fish through comparative anatomical study and by obtaining fresh samples and by their DNA.
The fish live within 600 feet of the surface, but as adults they descend thousands of feet into the dark ocean. Meanwhile, the researchers are asking for more money to study things that will make no difference to the rest of the world.
So, about solving the missing link thing. Man and monkey – they’re the same.
More about the whalefish.