Life's tough 8,000 metres (26,000 feet) beneath the ocean's surface. The pressure is 800 times that on the surface, the temperature is just above freezing, and there's zero light.
Which is a good thing for this new record-holder for 'world's deepest fish' – because the newly discovered Mariana snailfish (Pseudoliparis swirei) really isn't much to look at.
"They don't look very robust or strong for living in such an extreme environment, but they are extremely successful," says the University of Washington's Mackenzie Gerringer, lead author on the study that recently described the discovery.
Beauty isn't everything when you're living in a world of pure darkness, and it's not like we can show off our newest P. swirei additions to our games room aquarium.
But for such a hardcore creature, they do look kind of … well, soft.
To be fair, being soft and squishy is the best option for life...
Read more: This Icky Creature Is The Deepest Ocean Fish Humans Have Ever Seen - ScienceAlert