a real rarity

Mysterious and rare discovery on a beach in Sicily. The discovery was made by a swimmer. All the details.

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Extraordinary discovery on a beach in Sicily. This is the beach of Marinella di Selinunte, in the province of Trapani, where a fish of a very rare species was found. Its scientific name is Trachipterus trachypterus.

The animal in question is more commonly referred to as the ribbon fish. We are talking about a fish that swims between one hundred and six hundred meters deep, which can reach a length of three meters and which is able to imitate jellyfish to ward off predators.

It is so called because it has an elongated body that makes it look like a ribbon. Precisely because it swims at the aforementioned depths, it is not easy to find it on the shore. For this reason, the discovery of this specimen of fish on the beach of Marinella di Selinunte was surprising.

Discovery of the ribbon fish, the mystery of the specimen found on the beach

The reason could be climate change. Finding this small dead specimen on a Sicilian beach would have been a bather who would have requested the intervention of expert personnel.

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Experts were surprised that the specimen in question was intact. The ribbonfish currently lives in the western Mediterranean, eastern Atlantic and Pacific.

It is a bony fish that feeds mainly on small fish and molluscs.

The first appearance of its species in the world dates back to the middle Pliocene, between 5.3 and 2.5 million years ago, and it swam in the waters that covered the Sienese hills.

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About twenty-one years ago, there was talk of a ribbon fish following a discovery in Badia a Settimo, in the province of Florence. There, a ribbon fish fossil was found in some clay sediment.

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