Pallid Sailfin

One of Beebe's Abyssal Fishes of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Scientific name: Bathyembryx istiophasma, given by William Beebe.

Physical description: Torpedo-shaped fish, 2 feet in length. Pale olive-drab color. Small eye. Large mouth. Long, wide, filamentous pectoral fin. No luminous organs.

Distribution: North Atlantic Ocean. Significant sighting: Observed only once, between 1,500 and 2,500 feet, by William Beebe in a bathysphere off Bermuda in the early 1930s.

Source: William Beebe, HalfMile Down (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1934).

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