Posted April 09, 2018 13:06:59The black pearl has been around for more than 200 years, but it’s not the most well-known fish in the world.
It is a small, dark-coloured fish with a strong dorsal fin.
It is also the fastest and heaviest fish, measuring about a metre and a half in length.
Black pearls are found in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of New Zealand.
But for the past 15 years they have been disappearing in the waters off the Australian mainland, a study published in the journal Biological Conservation found.
“They’ve disappeared completely and the only evidence of them is their bones, which we have only seen in the last few years,” Dr Michael O’Sullivan from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New South Wales said.
“The only indication that we have is their fins, which are very faint and we don’t know what they eat.”
If they are gone, then there’s no fish left.
“Dr O’Neill said the disappearance of the black pearls was worrying, and suggested they could be contributing to the global warming caused by climate change.”
We know they are warming up, and they’re the only fish we know of that are warming and that are in a global warming area, which is very worrying,” he said.
The fish are now in a state of distress, and scientists are concerned that they could soon be extinct.”
I don’t think we’ll be able to survive without them, it’s really unfortunate,” Dr O’Connell said.
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