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Scientists find 3 bizarre new sea creatures in pitch-black part of Pacific Ocean

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Three bizarre-looking types of deep sea creatures have been spotted in one of the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean — the Atacama Trench, located up to 7 miles below the ocean's surface off the coast of Peru and Chile.

A group of 40 scientists from 17 different nations teamed up to search the freezing, pitch-black area, using cameras and other equipment.

With these tools, they were able to find three interesting creatures, which they believe are types of snailfish, about 5 miles deep.

For now, the fish are simply being called the pink, blue and purple Atacama snailfish.

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"These fish are part of the Liparidae family and do not conform to the preconceived stereotypical image of what a deep-sea fish should look like," England's Newcastle University, which joined the expedition, wrote in a news statement Monday.

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