I did not expect this much attention when we developed the prototype Pocket Gallery here at the RBCM. Who’d have thought that the Assfish would go viral. This morning (January 19, 2016), I received an email from Dr. Andrew Gates of the SERPENT Project, Southampton, with a video of a live Assfish from 2601 meters off Africa’s east coast.

    Now we can see the fish in its natural habitat – swimming lazily over a soft substrate – until it was startled by the ROV/submersible.

    Their home page can be found at:


    And here is CHEK news’  This Week in History on the Assfish:

    The Assfish has proven itself very popular – no if’s, and’s, or but’s.





    Dr. Gavin Hanke

    Natural History

    Curator of Vertebrate Zoology

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