Mirror dory rises to surface for rare photos off Shizuoka:The Asahi Shimbun – Asahi Shimbun

NUMAZU, Shizuoka Prefecture–A mirror dory, a rarely seen deep-sea fish species, was photographed swimming near the surface off Cape Osezaki here.

The images were snapped by Kazushige Horiguchi, 32, a photographer who lives in Nishi-Izu, also in Shizuoka Prefecture.

He received a report about “a rarely seen fish being spotted” on Jan. 14, and then discovered a young mirror dory measuring 3 centimeters long swimming just below the surface.

Its silver body shone in the bright sunlight like a mirror, as the species’ name suggests.

Horiguchi, who has long been a diving guide, said it was the first time he has seen a live mirror dory.

Mirror dories usually live in waters 200 to 800 meters deep.

Young mirror dories have black-spotted bodies, but the spots disappear when they become fully grown, turning the whole body silver.

Source: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201902170005.html

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